Women’s Super League postponed: Everton’s Izzy Christiansen calls for action after ‘dark weekend’ Football News

Everton midfielder Izzy Christiansen has called for action to address the amount of Women’s Super League games due to bad weather after “a dark weekend” for the women’s game.

Chelsea face Liverpool in the league On Sunday, he was abandoned by match officials after six minutes due to a frozen pitch.while two other fixtures – Brighton v Arsenal and Tottenham v Leicester – were marred in freezing conditions.

Christensen said a long-term solution was needed to avoid a repeat of the “shocking” situation at Kingsmeadow and to not undermine the momentum and integrity of the game, which has grown rapidly since the Lionesses’ Euro success last summer. has been

“Action is needed, possibly an investigation into what actually happened and why and how the FA and clubs move to ensure it doesn’t happen again in the future,” Christensen said. ” Sky Sports.

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Chelsea v Liverpool’s WSL match was abandoned after just six minutes after the pitch was deemed unplayable and Sue Smith says it cannot happen again.

“Without sounding like a broken record, it’s cold in England at this time of year, so the FA needs to make decisions for clubs that will enable games to go ahead, as we re-open the women’s calendar. I talk about scheduling, and the backlog of games until the end of the season – and it comes back again to the issue of player welfare.”

Match officials had deemed the Kingsmeadow pitch fit for play following a pitch inspection at 9.30am on Sunday, but six minutes into the match, referee Neil Hare called off play due to an unsafe pitch.

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes leaves the pitch with the match officials after the postponement.
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Chelsea manager Emma Hayes leaves the pitch with the match officials after the postponement.

Footage of the Chelsea and Liverpool players slipping on the surface was widely shared on social media, with a number of high-profile players including Arsenal’s Vivian Medema and Chelsea’s Erin Cuthbert expressing their dismay at the situation.

The FA’s Pitch Inspection Guidance

When dealing with elements like frost or snow – remember that the highest temperatures of the day are usually around noon. Get a forecast if the expected temperature is needed for the time the match ends.

– Manpower available to the home club to carry out any work necessary to make the ground playable

– Time to start traveling to the upcoming club

– Liaising with managers to assess the views of both clubs.

Remember, whether to play a match or not is the decision of the referees.

For Christine Son, she feels that female footballers have become accustomed to lower standards of care and well-being.

“When it comes to player welfare, when it comes to women’s football, we’re used to dealing with a lot more issues than men’s football and the struggles of our careers,” he said.

Chelsea vs Liverpool WSL
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The pitch was inspected at 9.30am between Chelsea and Liverpool where it was deemed playable.

“Whether or not a game goes on because of the weather or any other situation is nothing new for a lot of players, I think it’s something that we as female players are used to, too. Uncertainty surrounding sports.

“We’re talking about a real dark weekend in the WSL where the lack of clarity, the lack of decision-making represents where the game is at the moment and it’s a concern for us as players and officials. situation. That this is the air and the spotlight that is on the women’s game is brighter than ever.”

Reading’s WSL clash was the only fixture in which their match against Manchester United was not affected by the weather at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, the 24,000-capacity ground they share with the men’s team from 2021.

Christiansen’s Everton, meanwhile, saw their kick-off against West Ham pushed back an hour only to see their pitch thaw at Walton Hall Park.

While Christiansen acknowledges there is no quick fix for games lost due to bad weather, she wants more informed decisions to be made to ensure this weekend’s situation doesn’t happen again. Echoing Chelsea manager Emma Hayes’ call for an underground hearing

Izzy Christiansen of Everton
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Everton’s Izzy Christianson says action needs to be taken to prevent matches from being affected by the weather on a regular basis.

“You can’t change it overnight, it needs to be a long-term solution. It can’t happen again next season. For now, I think what needs to happen is better decision-making, more informed decisions, that protection. Not just the players, but the game and the integrity of it, because a game that ends six minutes after it starts really, in my opinion, takes the game backwards.

“The Arsenal-Brighton game ended earlier and the Tottenham-Leicester game was called off with about 24 hours’ notice. I think that still happens in men’s lower league football, this one. So I think we have to be realistic here. There just aren’t enough stadiums with underfloor heating and advanced features that allow games to go ahead regardless of the weather.

“We understand that the women’s game is not there yet. But for a game to start and then be abandoned after six minutes is a dark day for women’s football.”

A spokeswoman for the Women’s Super League said: “We worked hard with the clubs and match officials to ensure that the Barclays Women’s Super League match between Chelsea and Liverpool played safely as scheduled. Referee.

“However, shortly after kick-off, the referee decided to abandon the match for the safety of the players, which is paramount. We apologize to all fans who traveled to the match. In due course.”

Some Liverpool fans left early in the morning to travel to London to return home after a frustrating day.

Christensen feels the fans deserve better — especially at a time when the sport is growing and expanding its fan base. “You look at the Euros and the impact that has had on attendances, interest in the game and growing fans in the league, it’s all been hugely positive,” he said.

“Then we look at it, and go, games are being postponed so close to kick-off. It’s not the first time it’s happened this weekend, this season, it’s people’s lives and not. Not only the welfare of the players but also the fans. The hard-earned money the WSL spends on tickets, travel, parking, food, it all adds up and we’re not in a good economic situation in the country right now, so to speak. People’s lives are being affected due to bad decisions

“We hope this is the lowest in terms of poor decisions made for the sport and the welfare of the players.”

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