10 February 2020 10:35
The Women's Six Nations match between Scotland and England, which was due to take place at Scotstoun in Glasgow, is among the events called off Manchester City's Premier League match against West Ham on Sunday has been called off because of Storm Ciara. Scotland's Women's Six Nations match against England is also postponed and will now be on Monday at Murrayfield. Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity v Catalans Dragons in Super League are off. All six Women's Super League matches, including Everton v Liverpool, have been cancelled, along with horse racing at Exeter, Southwell and Punchestown. But Sheffield United v Bournemouth went ahead in the Premier League.
A Manchester City spokesperson said: "Due to extreme and escalating weather conditions and in the interests of supporter and staff safety, today's match has been postponed. West Ham will run free coach travel for their supporters when the fixture is rescheduled." Scottish Rugby said the Women's Six Nations fixture will now be played on Monday at 13:30 GMT but behind closed doors because of safety concerns for spectators. "Both Scottish Rugby, RFU and Six Nations agreed to a short turn round for the fixture which was postponed from Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow on Sunday lunchtime due to extreme weather conditions as a result of Storm Ciara," the Scottish governing body said in a statement. Arsenal's WSL match was postponed "on the grounds of crowd safety, due to extreme weather conditions". More than 20,000 fans were expected for the WSL Merseyside Derby at Goodison Park, while Birmingham against Brighton, Bristol City v Reading and West Ham v Manchester City are also off.
If the West Ham game has not been rearranged for during the midseason break, then things start to get hectic. W/c February 24 – City go to the Bernabeu in midweek for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie with Real Madrid, before playing Aston Villa in the League Cup final at the weekend. The Premier League meeting with Arsenal scheduled for the same date has already been postponed. W/c March 2 – City play Sheffield Wednesday in midweek in the fifth round of the FA Cup – thankfully, there are no replays at this stage of the competition – but presuming either they or Chelsea get through to the next round, their Premier League meeting scheduled for 21 March will need to be moved. W/c March 9 – City have no midweek game scheduled, but there are other Champions League ties set to take place and Uefa usually do not allow top flight domestic matches to be played on the same night.
City are scheduled to play Newcastle in the league, but both teams are still in the FA Cup and at least one may have a semi-final in the diary instead. W/c April 20 – This is the first midweek that City are guaranteed to have no other commitment, and so should be able to play one of their outstanding league fixtures before a trip to Brighton at the weekend. W/c April 27 – Again, City's European progress and that of their rivals is key, with Champions League and Europa League semi-final first-legs scheduled. W/c May 11 – A free midweek should allow City to clear up another outstanding fixture, which may be enough to have them back on track, depending on how some of the earlier permutations have worked out. The final day of the Premier League season is scheduled for Sunday 17 May. Usually, all final fixtures must be played at the same time on this date, but in certain scenarios games have been played later, for example in 2016, when Manchester United's game against Bournemouth was postponed after a bomb scare and rescheduled for two days later. W/c May 18 – In an absolute worst case scenario, where City have been unable to fulfil their fixtures, could they be allowed to play one after the scheduled final day? The FA Cup final takes place on Saturday 23 May. Man City v West Ham and Women's Six Nations called off due to Storm Ciara Manchester City's Premier League encounter against West Ham, which was scheduled to take place at 4.30pm GMT on Sunday, has been postponed due to Storm Ciara. Manchester City, currently second in the Premier League, tweeted: "Due to extreme and escalating weather conditions and in the interests of supporter and staff safety, today's @premierleague match against West Ham has been postponed." England's women's Six Nations match against Scotland, which was due to take place in Glasgow this afternoon, has also been postponed. As the weather worsened significantly across the UK, a statement released by Scottish Rugby on Sunday morning said: "The game was due to kick off at 12:10pm in Glasgow but the decision has been taken for both player, spectator and staff safety after consultation with local authorities, Glasgow Life, Six Nations and the RFU." A Scottish Rugby spokesperson added in the statement: "It is very disappointing to have to take this decision but given the extreme weather conditions and with supporters, players and staff safety being paramount it's the correct decision. Elsewhere, in the Women's Super League, Arsenal's sold-out meeting with Tottenham has also been postponed. A statement on Arsenal's website read: "Our fixture against Tottenham Hotspur Women at Meadow Park today has been called off on the grounds of crowd safety, due to extreme weather conditions. Everton v Liverpool, the first match WSL match that was due to be played at Goodison Park, was also cancelled, as was Birmingham v Brighton, Bristol City v Reading, Manchester United v Chelsea and West Ham v Manchester City. Rugby league was also not immune to the conditions, with Huddersfield Giants v Leeds Rhinos and Wakefield Trinity v Catalan Dragons being postponed. Racing meetings at Exeter and Southwell in England and at Punchestown in Ireland have also been called off. Riyad Mahrez took to social media after Manchester City's game against West Ham was postponed. The Premier League clash, which was due to be played at the Etihad on Sunday afternoon, was called-off due to safety concerns caused by the extreme weather condition. Manchester City released the following statement: "Due to extreme and escalating weather conditions and in the interests of supporter and staff safety, today's match has been postponed. "This decision has been made by Manchester City's Safety Officer following consultation with club stakeholders and officials at West Ham United. With no date yet set for the rearranged fixture, Man City winger Riyad Mahrez appeared to hint that the match will not be played in the near future. With City's next Premier League game not scheduled until 22 February at Leicester, Mahrez's post would suggest that the game against West Ham will not be rearranged to be played in the next seven days, or even next weekend.