Major football leagues across Europe are forced to abandon their weekend schedules due to extreme weather conditions The Bundesliga, Eredivisie and the Belgian Pro League have all canceled Sunday spots due to a weather system called “Storm Ciara” & “Storm Sabine” and the clash between Manchester City and West Ham in the Premier League has also been abandoned.
The extreme winter storm, widely known as’ Ciara,’ approached from the Atlantic Ocean on Sunday morning to cross northern Europe.
Manchester City have confirmed via Twitter that their meeting with West Ham at Etihad Stadium on Sunday will not be going ahead, stating: “Due to extreme and escalating weather conditions and in the interests of supporter and staff safety, today’s Premier League match against West Ham has been postponed.”
Authorities have warned that the strong winter storm will bring hurricane-strength winds of up to 120 kilometres (75 miles) per hour, with heavy rain and thunderstorms also expected to hit parts of the continent.
The conditions are likely to cause severe disruptions to the European football calendar, with a key fixture in the Bundesliga among the first to be called off after an evaluation from the German Weather Service.
Borussia Monchengladbach’s clash with Cologne was abandoned as a result of a storm in Germany called’ Sabine.’
Cologne has issued an official statement confirming that they will not travel to Borussia-Park to take over Monchengladbach, which reads: “The Gladbach derby will not take place on Sunday.” The German Weather Service (DWD) meteorologists do not expect any severe weather in Mönchengladbach before and during the game.
“Immediately after the final whistle, the storm “Sabine” should move through the region and peak in the night.
“As a safe departure of the fans cannot be guaranteed, Borussia Mönchengladbach has decided in close coordination with the city of Mönchengladbach, the fire brigade, the police and the German Football League (DFL) to cancel the game.
“The decision was made early Sunday morning after analysing the last weather forecast. An alternative date is not fixed yet. The tickets remain valid.”
In Netherlans, KNVB announced that it is irresponsible to play football in such weather conditions. The decision was made known via their official website, stating: “It is irresponsible to play football in those weather conditions.
“The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute has announced Code Orange for the entire country on Sunday due to the approaching Storm Ciara.
“The storm is expected to increase in strength as the day progresses, rising to gusts of wind with a force of 120 kilometres per hour. It has been decided to remove the games from the programme.”