City-Moenchengladbach game in Champions League postponed
ABS-CBN Sports on Sep 14, 2016 09:58 AM
A match official kicks a ball that makes a splash as heavy rain falls during a pitch inspection prior to the Champions League group C soccer match at the Etihad Stadium between Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)
STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Champions League match between Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach was called off 20 minutes before kickoff on Tuesday following heavy rain in Manchester.
The match was rescheduled at 7.45 p.m. local time (1845 GMT) on Wednesday.
"Torrential rainfall across Manchester throughout the evening led to flooding in the areas around the ground, which forced the decision on safety and security grounds," City said in a statement.
There had been heavy rain, thunder and lightning in the hours leading up to the Group C game at Etihad Stadium, and UEFA officials and match officials inspected the sodden playing surface about an hour before the game.
Neither set of players had been out to warm up.
Roads in Manchester city center were flooded and trams getting fans to the stadium were not in use.
Moenchengladbach fans that had gathered inside the stadium for the game booed and jeered when the announcement was made over the speaker system. The German team came onto the field to applaud the away supporters and performed the "Thunderclap," made famous by Iceland at the European Championship.