Coventry vs Rotherham Championship clash POSTPONED over pitch safety fears after Commonwealth Games rugby sevens matches

    COVENTRY CITY’S clash with Rotherham on Sunday has been called off over concerns over the pitch.

    It comes after the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens matches were played at the Ricoh Arena.

    The Rugby Sevens tournament for the Commonwealth Games took place at the Ricoh Arena

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    The Rugby Sevens tournament for the Commonwealth Games took place at the Ricoh ArenaCredit: Getty
    That left the pitch unplayable and has caused Coventry vs Rotherham to be postponed

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    That left the pitch unplayable and has caused Coventry vs Rotherham to be postponedCredit: Alamy

    Now after a pitch inspection this afternoon, the match officials have deemed the surface unplayable for the Championship match to take place tomorrow.

    A Sky Blues statement read: “Coventry City are extremely disappointed to confirm that Sunday’s game against Rotherham United has been postponed.

    “Following an inspection by a senior match official on Saturday, the pitch at the Coventry Building Society Arena has been deemed unsafe and unplayable.

    “This follows an inspection that took place on Friday by the EFL and a local referee, which was also attended by Manager Mark Robins and Chief Executive Dave Boddy.

    “We are very frustrated that the pitch at the Arena is not up to standard, and share the huge disappointment that fans, players and staff will feel that our opening home game has been postponed under these circumstances.

    “Promised investment by the Arena into a new pitch has unfortunately not materialised over the summer, which has been compounded by concerts on the pitch and then a huge amount of use at the Commonwealth Games last weekend.

    “We appreciate the efforts in difficult circumstances that have been made by the Grounds Staff who work for the Arena.”

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