Man City vs West Ham AXED as Storm Ciara clears sporting schedule including Arsenal vs Spurs women clash – The Sun
MAN CITY’s Premier League clash with West Ham has been halted as Storm Ciara clears the sporting calendar.
Football, rugby, and horse racing were all wiped out by the 90 mph gale force winds that prompted the Met Office to issue Amber life threat alerts.
Today’s game at the Etihad is the most publicized, but “escalating” conditions forced Man City to act.
In a tweet, the club announced: “Due to extreme and increasing weather conditions and in the interests of the safety of fans and staff, today’s Premier League game against West Ham has been postponed.”
The sold-out Women’s Super League clash between north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham is also part of the events.
Other postponed WSL games are Birmingham v Brighton, Man City v West Ham and Bristol City v Reading.
The women’s Six Nations match between Scotland and England has been called off, with Scottish Rugby saying efforts will be made to revamp the match.
They said: “The safety of fans, players and site staff was the priority. Discussions are underway to reschedule the game.”
The Exeter race meeting, which was to feature Magic of Light, a 2019 Grand National finalist, has been canceled due to high winds.
Punchestown and Southwell have also closed for security concerns.
However, the only Premier League game remaining today between Sheffield United and Bournemouth still has to go.
The weather bomb sparked travel chaos with nearly 200 flights to and from Europe, as well as dozens to and from UK airports, canceled or delayed.
And the British have been warned to close the hatches with heavy rain expected to cause flooding in the north as hurricane-force winds are expected to sweep much of the country.
Meanwhile, fears of flying debris and large waves triggered life threatening warnings.
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- Orange wind and rain warnings are in place for much of the country, predicting damage to buildings, power outages and flying debris
- Isolated tornadoes could develop due to the chaotic weather system, Torro warned overnight
- Wind gusts of up to 90 mph could hit much of the country
- 26 flood warnings in place as 28-foot-high waves could hit the coast
- Nearly 200 flights to and from Europe canceled or delayed
- Rail companies urged passengers not to travel
- London Winter Run 10km event, organized for 2,500 runners, has been canceled
Met Office chief meteorologist Frank Saunders said: “Winds will increase until Saturday in Northern Ireland, Scotland, northern England and Wales, before getting very windy in the rest of the UK until the early hours of Sunday morning.
“Gusts of 50 to 60 mph are expected quite widely in inland areas, with even stronger gusts of 80 mph or more along coastal areas.”
According to Torro, the UK tornado and storm research organization, the wild weather could see “one or two rapid tornadoes” developing.
The UK sporting calendar is not the only country hit by Storm Ciara, with canceled football matches in Holland and Belgium, including Ajax’s game against FC Utrecht.