June 19, 2013
Poland-England match postponed over waterlogged pitch
Tuesday's World Cup qualifier between Poland and England was postponed until Wednesday due to a waterlogged pitch after the roof of Warsaw's national stadium was left open, a Polish FA spokeswoman said.
The decision was taken to rearrange the game for 1500GMT on Wednesday following a pitch inspection at 1945GMT on Tuesday after an evening of torrential rain.
The Warsaw stadium has a retractable roof, but a Polish FA spokeswoman said neither of the team representatives nor the FIFA delegate wanted to make the decision to close it.
"None of the sides wanted such a solution," said Agnieszka Olejkowska. "We knew there would be heavy rain but we could not 100 percent predict the downpour."
With rain still falling heavily at the scheduled kick-off time (1900GMT), she said it was not possible to close the roof.
"We have a heating system which, if we close the roof, can dry the pitch in 30 minutes," she said.