The Sydney A-League derby between Sydney FC and Western Sydney has been postponed due to torrential rain in the Sydney basin, Football Federation Australia announced.
Rain is forecast to continue after bucketing down in Sydney for the last 48 hours, and after assessment of Netstrata Jubilee Stadium as well as consultations with Sydney FC, the Wanderers and match officials, the fixture has been called off.
“With over 100mm of rain falling in the Sydney area over the past two days, and in the interest of player welfare, all parties agreed that it was not possible to play the match as scheduled today,” said FFA Head of Leagues, Greg O’Rourke.
“Whilst it is disappointing that a nearly sold-out crowd is unable to see another iconic Sydney derby today, this was the right decision to give fans as much notice as possible under the circumstances.”
The match will be rescheduled for a date to be announced.
“Obviously we are disappointed to have to postpone the game, but the safety of the players is paramount and the pitch was in no state to host the game due to the amount of rain we have had,” Sydney FC Chief Executive Officer Danny Townsend said.
“Credit to Georges River council and Netstrata Jubilee Stadium ground staff for their efforts to stage the match but due to the amount of overnight rain and surface water, plus the predicted downpour we just can’t play the game.
“We also have to consider the safety of our Members and supporters inside the ground as well, and what sort of a spectacle we’d be providing if we went ahead.”
The Big Bash League final on Saturday night is also in jeopardy due to the wet weather hitting Sydney.
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The Melbourne Stars risk watching the BBL trophy being handed over to the Sydney Sixers without a ball being bowled in the decider.
Torrential weather hits NSW across the weekend, with forecasters predicting up to 90mm of rain in Sydney on Saturday alone. The Stars finished on top of the ladder and would have hosted the final at the MCG if they defeated the Sixers in the qualifying final.
Instead, the Sixers, having earned hosting rights by winning that game in Melbourne last Friday, will be awarded the title if there is no result, because there is no spare day in case of rain.