Sutton had player safety concerns as U's game is postponed

Gazette: Disappointment - U's groundsman David Blacknall chats to U's assistant manager Mark Kinsella and Shrewsbury caretaker boss Mike Jackson, as referee Gary Sutton assesses the pitch. Picture: ADRIAN RUSHTON (CO90149-09) Disappointment - U's groundsman David Blacknall chats to U's assistant manager Mark Kinsella and Shrewsbury caretaker boss Mike Jackson, as referee Gary Sutton assesses the pitch. Picture: ADRIAN RUSHTON (CO90149-09)

Referee Gary Sutton said he did not want to gamble on player safety after he postponed Colchester United's home game with Shrewsbury Town tonight.

The League One clash was called off after the Weston Homes Community Stadium pitch was deemed unplayable, following a second pitch inspection at 3.30pm. Sutton said: “I asked for honest feedback from the two managers and I gave them my opinion.

“Basically, we all had the same opinion that we didn’t want to gamble on someone’s safety and career by tossing a coin and hoping it doesn’t rain again.

“I think the conditions as they are are enough to turn around and say that the game should be postponed.

“It’s a game of football and it’s an entertainment business as well - we have to provide something that’s worth watching and not farcical."

For all of the latest Colchester United news, see the Daily Gazette.

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8:17am Wed 29 Jan 14

RonnieClegg says...

"...it’s an entertainment business as well - we have to provide something that’s worth watching and not farcical."
That would appear to let CUFC off the hook for the rest of the season, then!
"...it’s an entertainment business as well - we have to provide something that’s worth watching and not farcical." That would appear to let CUFC off the hook for the rest of the season, then! RonnieClegg
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9:44am Wed 29 Jan 14

BlueandWhiteBaz says...

Given the longer distance weather forecast and the factors applied leading to the postponement, it's difficult to see when another game can be played at the WHCS!
Given the longer distance weather forecast and the factors applied leading to the postponement, it's difficult to see when another game can be played at the WHCS! BlueandWhiteBaz
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10:17am Wed 29 Jan 14

stevedawson says...

What is the game coming to?
What is the game coming to? stevedawson
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