Manchester City’s Champions League game against Borussia Monchengladbach, postponed because of torrential rain, will be played on Wednesday evening at 7:45 p.m. BST.
UEFA officials were moved to check the state of the playing surface following a heavy downpour in Manchester in late afternoon that continued past 7 p.m. BST on Tuesday.
A source told ESPNFC that Monchengladbach had requested that the game be played at 6 p.m. but City did not have stadium stewards available to cover the game.
Manchester City said in a statement: “Following this evening’s postponement, the UEFA Champions League fixture against Borussia Monchengladbach will now be played on Wednesday, 14 September.
“The fixture will kick-off at 7.45pm at the Etihad Stadium.
“Torrential rainfall across Manchester throughout the evening led to flooding in the areas in and around the stadium, which forced the decision on safety and security grounds.”
Elsewhere in Manchester there were reports of flash flooding and Metrolink tram services were suspended.
It was reported that City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was advised not to warm up due to the adverse conditions, with pools of water in various spots across the Etihad Stadium pitch.
City’s official Twitter account also sent a playful message to Borussia Monchengladbach pre-kickoff, saying: “We love it, us Mancs.”
Shortly afterwards they followed up with a tweet announcing the match would not go ahead on Tuesday.
An earlier statement from City suggested the game was called off more for concerns of the safety of fans in and around the stadium, rather than the pitch itself.
It is the second time in recent months both clubs have had games called off following inclement weather. In July, City’s pre-season derby against Manchester United in Beijing fell foul of heavy rain while Monchengladbach’s friendly against Inter Milan last month was also cancelled.
“We are disappointed for the fans because 90 percent of them will probably not be able to watch the rearranged game,” Monchengladbach midfielder Oscar Wendt said. “But if the decision had to be taken for safety reasons then we understand it and respect it.”
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Culled from ESPNFC