DONETSK – Due to bad weather, the Euro 2012 Group D match between Ukraine and France was suspended ten minutes in the first half.
The match, which would begin amidst a torrential downpour inside of Donetsk’s Donbass Arena, would also have heavy thunder and lightning in the area and standing water on the field.
Under FIFA Law 5—Bad Weather Policy, “the head referee has the power and ability to suspend or terminate a match due to outside interference of any kind” Law 5 also states that “a decision that the condition of the field of play or its surrounds or that the weather conditions are such as to allow or not to allow a match to take place”
The head referee, Bjorn Kuipers of Holland, would make the decision to suspend the match at the ten minute mark after seeing lightning in the sky and water saturating the pitch, making the field unplayable per FIFA standards.
Ukraine, who would rally from a 1-0 to defeat Sweden 2-1 in it’s Euro 2012 opening match with two goals from striker Andriy Shevchenko, was hoping to continue its good form against a French side that would tie England 1-1. With the match being suspended, can Ukraine come out and continue its good form?
For France, Les Bleus needs a win to advance past the group stage, while France loaded with talent in forwards such as Franck Ribery, Samir Nasri and Karim Benzema, they are playing beneath it’s own expectations.
Per media reports, the Ukraine-France match is set to resume within the 15-20 minutes. Stay tuned for details.
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