Coventry vs Rotherham Championship conflict POSTPONED over pitch security fears after Commonwealth Games rugby sevens matches

COVENTRY CITY’S conflict with Rotherham on Sunday has been known as off over issues over the pitch.

It comes after the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens matches have been performed on the Ricoh Arena.


The Rugby Sevens event for the Commonwealth Games passed off on the Ricoh ArenaCredit: GettyThat left the pitch unplayable and has caused Coventry vs Rotherham to be postponed


That left the pitch unplayable and has prompted Coventry vs Rotherham to be postponedCredit: Alamy

Now after a pitch inspection this afternoon, the match officers have deemed the floor unplayable for the Championship match to happen tomorrow.

A Sky Blues assertion learn: “Coventry City are extraordinarily upset to verify that Sunday’s sport in opposition to Rotherham United has been postponed.

“Following an inspection by a senior match official on Saturday, the pitch on the Coventry Building Society Arena has been deemed unsafe and unplayable.

“This follows an inspection that passed off on Friday by the EFL and an area referee, which was additionally attended by Manager Mark Robins and Chief Executive Dave Boddy.

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“We are very annoyed that the pitch on the Arena is less than customary, and share the massive disappointment that followers, gamers and employees will really feel that our opening house sport has been postponed beneath these circumstances.

“Promised funding by the Arena into a brand new pitch has sadly not materialised over the summer season, which has been compounded by concert events on the pitch after which an enormous quantity of use on the Commonwealth Games final weekend.

“We respect the efforts in troublesome circumstances which were made by the Grounds Staff who work for the Arena.”

Dave Boddy, chief government at Coventry City, added: “We are extraordinarily upset at this postponement as a result of situation of the pitch.


“It has been deemed unplayable and unsafe by the inspecting official and, having seen it myself, I can perceive this determination.

“Last season the situation of the pitch was highlighted as a priority and we anticipated that this is able to be addressed by Wasps and the Arena, who’re accountable for the pitch, over the summer season – sadly this has not been the case, and that is the results of that, plus the massive quantity of use on the Commonwealth Games final week.

“I’m looking for pressing talks with Stephen Vaughan, the Chief Executive at Wasps, and the Arena over the situation of the pitch, and count on speedy and vital enhancements to be made to make the pitch playable as quickly as attainable.”

Coventry confirmed that every one tickets bought for the sport can be eligible for the re-arranged sport in opposition to Rotherham United as additionally they vowed to maintain followers up to date with reference to Wednesday’s Carabao Cup conflict in opposition to Bristol City.


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