Scotland’s Euro 2024 qualifier with Georgia was briefly suspended after simply seven minutes of motion as a result of a waterlogged pitch brought on by heavy rainfall within the hour earlier than kick-off.
Steve Clarke’s facet have been main 1-0 via Callum McGregor’s early strike, with Georgia complaining concerning the situations in and across the objective because the midfielder’s strike was closely assisted by the poor situations.
When the referee referred to as each units of gamers off the pitch, floor workers got two alternatives to brush the rainfall off the floor. The Hampden floor failed the primary inspection however handed the second.
Each units of gamers warmed up on the pitch 10 minutes later, however have been then mysteriously despatched again inside. The Scotland gamers re-emerged with the sport set to renew the place it left off at 9.15pm.
What are UEFA’s guidelines on abandonments?
- If a match can not begin or can’t be performed in full, the total or remaining match time is, as a rule, performed on the following day, with out prejudice to any doable disciplinary measures. For that function, the host associations should conclude all the required agreements to make sure that the required services can be found and might be operated.
- If a match can’t be rescheduled the following day, the Uefa administration fixes a brand new date, throughout or as shut as doable to the worldwide match calendar window involved. The rescheduling could entail exceptions to the common match scheduling sample.
Then, in weird scenes, Georgia’s gamers initially refused to renew the sport – leaving the ready Scotland gamers bemused on the pitch. The visiting gamers finally emerged from the tunnel for the resumption at 9.35pm, one hour and 40 minutes after the sport initially kicked off.
Scotland went on to win the game 2-0, with Scott McTominay added a second objective simply after half-time as Steve Clarke’s facet went eight factors clear on the prime of Group A.
Clarke reward for followers, workers and gamers
Scotland supervisor Steve Clarke had nothing however reward for the followers, workers and gamers after a ‘surreal’ evening at Hampden Park and gave an perception as to what occurred with Georgia’s obvious refusal to restart the sport.
He informed Viaplay Sports activities: “The gamers have been magnificent. They stayed targeted on the sport, got here out to warm-up I do not know what number of instances.
“However I’ve to say the group. Each time the gamers got here out to warm-up, the group have been there singing and cheering and letting the gamers know they have been there to assist them. It might have been straightforward for individuals to float away however they stayed with the workforce and we actually respect that.
“The Georgian boys have been wanting on the approach the pitch was in the beginning on the recreation and have been considering it was nonetheless the identical. When each groups have been within the tunnel one of many instances we got here out, you may see it was pouring once more and on the again of that, they have been considering the pitch would not be any higher.
“However the pitch did begin to drain. The volunteers, a giant point out for them as nicely, on the market sweeping the water off the pitch and doing every thing they’ll to get the sport on.
“And when Georgia got here out and had a glance within the warm-up, they might see the pitch is okay. We acquired there ultimately.”
McTominay additionally informed Viaplay Sports activities after the sport: “Firstly we have been all saying we could not play on the pitch. However we stored our heads and stored to the sport plan and we did it very well.
“We got here right here to play, the group was amazingly affected person. They stored us going. We thank them a lot.”
Fellow scorer McGregor added to Viaplay Sports activities: “Nobody’s skilled that earlier than. It is a testomony to the boys’ character and the workers, they have been glorious.
“We have been determined to get the sport again on. We have been bodily able to go once more. General, it is a actually Positive evening.”
Scotland-Georgia suspended – the total timeline
7.47pm: Scotland vs Georgia kicks off in torrential situations, with water splashing with each transfer from the gamers and the ball repeatedly getting caught.
7.53pm: Callum McGregor places Scotland forward after six minutes.
7.54pm: There’s a VAR examine on the objective because the referee Istvan Vad consults with officers on the touchline. The Hungarian official then speaks to each captains – in addition to some gamers trying to intervene – concerning the taking part in situations.
7.57pm: The gamers and match officers return to the dressing rooms as grounds workers, SFA workers and ball girls and boys start sweeping the pitch of floor water.
8pm: UEFA confirms the sport could be suspended for 20 minutes to permit the floor water to be cleared, when a primary pitch inspection would happen.
8.15pm: The referee and an accompanying match official make their first pitch inspection as workers proceed to work on clearing the floor.
8.21pm: The pitch doesn’t go the primary inspection, with one other scheduled for 8.35pm. Additionally it is reported that if the sport will not be performed on Tuesday night, it could be rescheduled for Wednesday, both at Hampden Park or St Mirren if Hampden Park was deemed unplayable.
8.33pm: The referee and an accompanying match official conduct a second pitch inspection, as each groups, backroom workers and affiliation officers congregate by the dugouts, ready for a call.
8.40pm: It’s introduced the gamers will come out for a ten minute warm-up at 8.45pm. The referee would seek the advice of with the captains and in the event that they agreed, play would resume at 8.55pm.
8.45pm: Each units of gamers emerge for his or her warm-up as rain begins to fall once more. Nonetheless, the ball is rolling nicely alongside the floor, with the objective mouths nonetheless receiving probably the most consideration.
8.59pm: The gamers had again down the tunnel – a lot to the bemusement of the Scotland followers and gamers.
9.02pm: The restart time is pushed again to 9.15pm.
9.11pm: The Scotland gamers emerge from the tunnel, able to resume the sport. Nonetheless, there isn’t a signal of the Georgia gamers.
9.17pm: Viaplay Sports activities stories that the Georgia workforce are refusing to come back again out to restart the sport. The Scotland gamers stay on the pitch, persevering with their second warm-up.
9.19pm: The referee emerges once more with the ball underneath his arm, and conducts one other mini pitch inspection, to the persevering with annoyance of the gamers and followers.
9.22pm: The restart time is delayed once more till 9.30pm. The Scotland followers air their frustrations, because the gamers applaud them for his or her endurance. They quickly return to the dressing room as soon as once more.
9.25pm: The Georgia gamers emerge from their dressing room to a refrain of boos from the house followers.
9.29pm: The restart is delayed as soon as extra to 9.35pm.
9.34pm: The Scotland gamers come again out onto the pitch to an enormous roar as play restarts – an hour and 40 minutes after the sport was initially suspended.