Controversy As Dublin Derby Ca...


Controversy As Dublin Derby Called Off


07:39 19 Aug 2014

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Bohemians are counting the cost of the decision to postpone their Airtricity League Dublin derby against Shamrock Rovers last night.

The referee controversially called the Dalymount Park clash off around 45 minutes before it was due to kick off.

Tomas Connolly felt that the pitch was unplayable, due to a large divot in one of the penalty areas, as pictured above.

He said the surface was too dangerous to play on, despite both clubs being happy to go ahead with the game.

Connolly felt it was the correct decision: "The pitch is not safe for players to play on. I’m not an expert on grounds but in the current state it’s not possible to play the match because of player safety."

The FAI confirmed the reason for the cancellation last night, saying:

"The decision was made by Tomas Connolly, the referee in charge of the fixture, after he inspected the pitch and deemed it unplayable due to repair work that had been carried out inappropriately.

"A new date for the fixture will be announced in due course."

The postponement is expected to cost Bohs thousands in lost ticket sales and overheads.

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