LONDON: The managers of Leicester and Reading both reacted furiously after their English First Division clash was abandoned at half-time in the interests of “player safety.”
Reading boss Alan Pardew and Leicester’s Micky Adams both vented their anger after referee Mark Warren abandoned the goalless clash at half-time because of a waterlogged pitch.
Warren had declared the pitch fit two hours before the match but a continuous downpour changed his view by the end of the first half.
The managers were angered by an announcement to the crowd that both managers agreed with the referee’s judgement that it would be dangerous to carry on.
“That announcement angered me,” Pardew said. “I certainly didn’t agree and it sent out a message to our supporters that I was happy for them to be on their way.”
“At half-time he told me that he would give 10 or 15 more minutes to see how it went. Then he knocked on the door and told me he had changed his mind and he was calling it off.”
Adams fumed: “We played in worse conditions at Portsmouth and won the game. Our fans paid good money for tickets and transport and it’s disappointing when this happens.
“The safety of players has to be paramount but we have played in worse conditions than this.” – AFP