Vital Football

Latest Sunderland AFC News

Ref Had No Choice

Ref Had No Choice

The match between Blackburn Rovers and Sunderland was called off by match official Phil Dowd at 6pm tonight. The Ewood Park outfit have promised a full investigation as to why the under soil heating didn't prevent the frozen pitch.

Rovers managing director Tom Finn told the official site: 'The senior squad trained on the pitch on Christmas Day and the heating was switched on again immediately after they had finished. Everything seemed to be in order and the pitch was fit late in the afternoon, but a drop in temperatures after daylight hours lead to problems, particularly in the Darwen End goalmouth. We immediately notified the referee who made his decision to postpone the fixture after two inspections. We have never lost a home Premier League fixture to frost and we can only offer our sincere apologies to all supporters, especially those who have travelled down from the north east. We now intend to carry out a full investigation of the heating system in an effort to ensure that the situation does not happen again in the future.'

The official site also confirms that tickets will be valid for the fixture when it is re-arranged and that refunds will also be processed via the ticket office.

Meanwhile Phil Dowd told Sky Sports News that he had no choice but to call the game off. 'Safety is paramount and there was no safety there for them. I tried to stop and you saw me skidding on three yards so obviously you can't run on it - not flat out. You can probably jog on it but that wouldn't make a game of football and it's not safe for the players to play on.'

He also says that he doesn't blame the club although I'm the Sunderland fans who made the journey down might disagree!

He said: 'I was available all afternoon but the club thought it was alright about 2.15 when I rang them but the weather has dropped pretty drastically in the last few hours - I don't think you can blame anyone really. I think it's safest for everyone.'

**Have you got what it takes to run this site? Or do you run an existing site and want to move over to the exciting Vital Network? If so, press on the advert and get Vitalled! OR if you wish to submit a story, do so via the membership drop down menu above**



Register on this site via the drop down menu and leave feedback to this story below or click here to join in the debates on the forum.

Go on, get vitalled!

Writer:Site Staff
Date:Wednesday December 28 2005
Time: 8:44PM

Comments

0
Try spending money on the pitch instead fo rubbish players.
FEn_100
01/05/2006 01:45:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Articles

Vote For The November Awards - 2016/17

The Premier League have now opened voting for the Manager, Player and Goal of the Month awards for November.

Stats Ahead Of Leicester Clash

A few stats ahead of the game vs Leicester City on Saturday...

Match Officials For Sunderland vs Leicester City.

Sunderland take on Leicester City at the Stadium of Light this weekend and the match officials have been announced.

Short Looking To Offload?

There are reports today that Ellis Short is looking to sell Sunderland football club.

Archived Vital Sunderland Articles

Vital Sunderland articles from

Site Journalists

JoJo
Editor email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

Sunderland v Leicester City
Suggested By: Elvis Costello
Sunderland win78%
Draw7%
Leicester win15%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Chelsea 13 10 1 2 31 19
2 Liverpool 13 9 3 1 30 18
3 Man City 13 9 3 1 30 17
4 Arsenal 13 8 4 1 28 15
5 Spurs 13 6 6 1 24 9
6 Man Utd 13 5 5 3 20 3
7 Everton 13 5 4 4 19 1
8 Watford 13 5 3 5 18 -4
9 WBA 13 4 5 4 17 1
10 Southampton 13 4 5 4 17 1
11 Stoke 13 4 4 5 16 -5
12 AFC Bournemouth 13 4 3 6 15 -4
13 Burnley 13 4 2 7 14 -9
14 Leicester City 13 3 4 6 13 -6
15 Middlesbrough 13 2 6 5 12 -3
16 West Ham 13 3 3 7 12 -10
17 Crystal Palace 13 3 2 8 11 -5
18 Hull City 13 3 2 8 11 -17
19 Swansea 13 2 3 8 9 -10
20 Sunderland 13 2 2 9 8 -11
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent Sunderland A.F.C. Results (view all)

Sunderland A.F.C. Fixtures (view all)

Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Leicester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Swansea City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 14 2016 7:45PM : Chelsea (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 17 2016 3:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 26 2016 3:00PM : Manchester United (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 31 2016 3:00PM : Burnley (a)
Barclays Premier League
Write for Vital Football