Could the Stamford Bridge encounter against the table toppers from Old Trafford have gone ahead? Below is a seemingly snow free (if unpleasant) scene outside the ground.
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Did anyone else think the decision to postpone the big Premier League crunch match between Chelsea and Manchester United was more than a tad hasty? Is it the norm to cancel matches almost 30 hours in advance? For the record the weather in west London, though clearly unpleasant, appear to be perfectly acceptable to play a game of football.
Our friends at The Republik of Mancunia have posted some interesting pictures of the conditions around Stamford Bridge today, CLICK HERE, and things don’t look half bad.
This does not appear to be a case of the match officials turning up at a venue and deeming a pitch unplayable this decision was apparently made by the club in consultation with the police and the local authority. The mood of suspicion has surrounded that decision and many within the game have expressed confusion at the reasoning behind the alarmingly early postponement.
Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp had this to say on the matter.
‘Tomorrow’s another day and who knows what the weather will be like in the morning?’ said Redknapp, who learned that Tottenham’s match at Blackpool at lunchtime today had been postponed while he waited with his players for a flight north from Stanstead Airport yesterday.
‘I have to say, I couldn’t believe it when I heard Chelsea against United was already off. You’d have thought the Stamford Bridge pitch, which has under-soil heating, would have been playable, so there must be other reasons for the game to be postponed that we don’t know about. (Daily Mail)
As many have sensibly argued, had the decision been taken on the day of the game then one could argue the case that an pitch or indeed the surrounding area around the ground were in any way non conducive to the playing of the game or even perhaps even dangerous, then such a decision could at least then be based on those ground. However to make a decision over a day ahead of schedule will always leave people asking questions.
As argued on The Republik of Mancunia site, The majority of the stadium would be filled with Londoners, who didn’t need any advance warning. The vast majority of those coming from Manchester wouldn’t have set off until this morning anyway, so where is the logic in making such an early decision?
There will now be some who will point to Chelsea’s alarming run of poor form as the mitigating factor behind the decision and the resultant fixture back-log will arguably harm Man United more than the west London side as they already had a previous match with Blackpool, correctly, postponed.
The decision mocks a statement made on Chelsea’ own official website earlier in the season that read.
‘In this day and age, with all the modern technology, it is very rare you get a game called off. The pitch would have to be frozen solid or completely under water to be called off, which shouldn’t happen at Stamford Bridge.’
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