EFL ask for observations regarding Derby-Cardiff postponemen

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EFL ask for observations regarding Derby-Cardiff postponemen

Postby chanoudom » Tue Mar 20, 2018 5:58 am

EFL ask for observations regarding Derby-Cardiff postponement


sport The EFL have asked Derby and Cardiff for their observations regarding the postponement of Sunday's Championship match.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has described the Rams' decision to announce that the game had been called off at 8.30 on Sunday morning as "scandalous" and a "disgrace".

Bur Derby say they "fully complied with all the matchday operational regulations surrounding the postponement of the game".

On Sunday morning, Derby announced that the clash had been postponed due to Pride Park and its surrounding areas being unsafe for "supporters, staff and officials".

The postponement infuriated Warnock, whose promotion-chasing side could have climbed back to within three points of Championship leaders Wolves with a victory.

He told Sky Sports News: "I think it's a disgrace, quite frankly.

"There's nothing here, the car parks are clear, all the shops are open.

"We've come from the middle of the countryside on the coach and the roads have been perfectly all right, so I just don't know where they're coming from with this. It leaves a sour taste. sport

"I think it's scandalous."

An English Football League statement said on Sunday that the decision was made "first thing this morning following discussions between Derby County, Derbyshire Police and the local Safety Advisory Group".

But Derbyshire Constabulary have said they were not involved in the club's decision.

Derbyshire police tweeted on Monday: "For clarity, Derby County Football Club took the decision to postpone the match due to the weather conditions and the health and safety of people travelling to the ground.

"The club made this decision independently. It was not made by Derbyshire Constabulary."

In response to the police statement, Derby issued a further release insisting they followed the correct procedures.

"We fully complied with all the matchday operational regulations surrounding the postponement of the game," Derby said on Monday afternoon.

"The decision was fully supported by the independent Safety Advisory Group, who are responsible for ensuring that the club complies with the terms and conditions of our Safety Certificate."

An EFL spokesman said: "We are aware of the comments that have been made throughout the course of today in regard to yesterday's postponement between Derby and Cardiff and, having asked both clubs for their observations on the matter on Sunday, will not be making any further comment until the full responses are received."

Cardiff City executive director and CEO, Ken Choo said in a statement on Monday evening: "I completely understand the frustrations of our supporters, particularly those who travelled to Derby this past weekend.

"I share their frustrations and am in dialogue with the EFL to determine exactly why the game was postponed and how that decision was reached. sport
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