Poland v England: World Cup qualifier - Live coverage - The Independent

Poland v England: World Cup qualifier

  • Poland v England
    * Torrential rain means match is postponed.
    * Pitch inspections showed conditions were unplayable.
    * Roof was not deployed before scheduled kick-off.
    * Roof could not be closed as conditions worsened.
    * Match will be played tomorrow at 4pm.
    10/16/2012 6:55:17 PM
  • Welcome to The Independent's coverage of this World Cup qualifier between Poland and England.
    10/16/2012 6:44:32 PM
  • At this point I'd normally be telling you about the team news but this game is in serious doubt.
    10/16/2012 6:45:05 PM
  • There has been torrential rain in Warsaw for the last few hours and the conditions are dreadful. There is no word yet but an announcement is expected at 8pm.
    10/16/2012 6:46:27 PM
  • Ridiculously there is a roof at the National Stadium in Warsaw but for some logistical reasons that make no sense it wasn't deployed and now can't be. Utter confusion.
    10/16/2012 6:47:30 PM
  • At the moment it looks like this game will be called off and played tomorrow night instead.
    10/16/2012 6:48:01 PM
  • This is a real nightmare for all involved - the players who will return to their clubs a day late and particularly the fans who are booked on flights later tonight or tomorrow.
    10/16/2012 6:50:41 PM
  • We'll have the latest news on whether this fixture is going ahead as soon as we have it. As I say though - it doesn't look likely.
    10/16/2012 6:51:32 PM
  • It's a strange night for England this one. Earlier the under-21s qualified for the the Euro 2013 Championships but the match against Serbia ended in a mass brawl. Read about it here... www.independent.co.uk
    10/16/2012 6:53:34 PM
  • A representative from Poland explains the situation to ITV...

    "We knew there would be heavy rain but we didn't know there would be a downpour."

    What kind of explanation is that?
    10/16/2012 6:56:46 PM
  • "The situation is changing all the time," says the representative.
    10/16/2012 6:57:40 PM
  • Officials are out on the pitch throwing a ball around to test the conditions. The ball isn't bouncing... at all.
    10/16/2012 7:00:15 PM
  • The official keeps throwing the ball around - comical scenes in Warsaw. This game has no chance.
    10/16/2012 7:01:34 PM
  • Still no official word in Warsaw whether this game will go ahead. They could delay kick-off for an hour but it seems unlikely the conditions will improve, particular considering the roof cannot now be closed due to the adverse conditions.
    10/16/2012 7:04:38 PM
  • A ray of hope - during Euro 2012 Ukraine's match against France was stopped due to a heavy downpour. It was able to get underway again about 30 minutes later which shows how quickly things can change.
    10/16/2012 7:06:25 PM
  • The stadium has under soil heating which can apparently evaporate the water. Looking at the pitch, that's a lot of evaporation required.
    10/16/2012 7:07:42 PM
  • It would appear they're going to give it a bit longer before making a decision.
    10/16/2012 7:08:14 PM
  • Warsaw stadium Tannoy now playing U2's 'Beautiful Day'. Erm ...
  • FA video analysis man has packed up his gear from press area. Cannot see this game being played tonight
  • RT @OllieHolt22: Confusion in tunnel. England look worried ref will somehow try and play this. Feel bad for fans but total madness if he does.
  • The Independent's football writer Sam Wallace is in Warsaw for the match, and apart from figuring out how to fill up three pages reporting on a match that didn't happen, is tweeting from the National Stadium. We'll bring you what he has to say.
    10/16/2012 7:11:06 PM
  • Fifa intend to give it another 45 minutes before making a decision.
    10/16/2012 7:11:43 PM
  • Many fans look to be leaving the stadium.
    10/16/2012 7:13:33 PM
  • Adrian Bevington, director of communications for the Football Association, says: "It doesn't look playable, understatement." He also expresses sympathy for travelling England fans.
    10/16/2012 7:17:27 PM
  • Polish say Warsaw pitch is 30cms lower than it was at Euro 2012. Drainage not so good now ...
  • Let us know your thoughts on what is descending into farce in Warsaw. Simply comment above.
    10/16/2012 7:19:31 PM
  • #IDontHaveTimeFor waiting for the game to be played due to some idiots being incapable of putting a roof across in anticipation of rain
  • What this needs is Poland's version of Cliff Richard.
    10/16/2012 7:23:32 PM
  • It seems crazy that the roof cannot be closed due to the heavy rain - that's the whole point of the roof! The National Stadium was only opened earlier this year. There are some rumours that the roof has never closed - unable to confirm at the moment.
    10/16/2012 7:25:11 PM
  • According to Wikipedia "The process of opening or closing the roof takes about 20 minutes and it could be performed only at temperatures above 5 °C." It's currently 13 °C in Warsaw.
    10/16/2012 7:27:01 PM
  • It's still pouring down with rain. What a shambles as Amy Winehouse's 'Rehab' is played on the loud speakers.
    10/16/2012 7:28:21 PM
  • Poland's players apparently eager to play tonight. England's ready to head back to the hotel.
    10/16/2012 7:29:28 PM
  • Another pitch inspection in 15 minutes.
    10/16/2012 7:31:01 PM
  • I'm confused as to firstly, why didn't they close the roof? And secondly why nobody is trying to play the game and work on the pitch!!
  • Despite rain being forecast - such a heavy downpour was not expected according to a Polish official. Apparently, Poland and England, when asked yesterday, said they would prefer to have the roof left open.
    10/16/2012 7:33:31 PM
  • RT @Iandennisbbc: Said officials now called into ref dressing room. Decision imminent
  • A few fans are running onto the pitch - probably the most action we're going to see tonight by the looks of it.
    10/16/2012 7:38:13 PM
  • Head of referees committee is asked by ITV why the roof wasn't closed. Like everyone else, he hasn't a clue.
    10/16/2012 7:39:44 PM
  • Five Poland players have club games on Friday and are against playing tomorrow.
    10/16/2012 7:40:25 PM
  • Now we've got pitch invaders. Big chest slides in penalty area ...
  • England will be eager to play this match tomorrow and get it out the way.
    10/16/2012 7:42:01 PM
  • Announcement should be through any minute.
    10/16/2012 7:43:29 PM
  • The referee is back out to test the conditions. They're clearly worse than before. What a joke. Call it off.
    10/16/2012 7:44:52 PM
  • Suggestions that if the game is played tomorrow it could be an afternoon kick-off to appease the Poland players eager to get back to their clubs.
    10/16/2012 7:45:49 PM
  • Heads will have to roll for this. This is bad for fans, bad for the players, bad for those watching at home. If it looked like they were trying to resolve the situation - such as closing the roof - it might be easier to understand but nothing is being done by the looks of it.
    10/16/2012 7:48:32 PM
  • The decision on when this game will be played is not up to the two teams - it's the choice of Fifa.
    10/16/2012 7:49:51 PM
  • Still no decision. It would seem the delay is down to discussions over when the match will be replayed. This is unfair on the fans. Make a decision Fifa.
    10/16/2012 7:51:41 PM
  • The game has been officially cancelled.
    10/16/2012 7:55:55 PM
  • No announcement on when match will be played as England players are shown wandering off in their tracksuits.
    10/16/2012 7:57:59 PM
  • England will be against delaying this game until one of the later international windows having arranged high-profile games against Sweden and Brazil.
    10/16/2012 7:59:36 PM
  • A decision at last! Match has been rescheduled for 4pm tomorrow.
    10/16/2012 8:00:04 PM
  • So to explain... tonight's match between Poland and England has been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. The decision to abandon was not made until nearly an hour after the scheduled kick-off despite the pitch being clearly unplayable. The game will now be played at 4pm tomorrow,
    10/16/2012 8:05:49 PM
  • There will be questions over how this was allowed to happen. The National Stadium in Warsaw has a roof but despite rain being forecast, it was not deployed. We were told that as the conditions worsened it was then impossible to close the roof.
    10/16/2012 8:07:10 PM
  • One has to feel sorry for the England fans who travelled to Warsaw for the match. They will now be frantically trying to rearrange flights and hotel accommodation - or simply letting it settle in that they've wasted a load of money to stand in the rain.
    10/16/2012 8:09:10 PM
  • That's it from me. I'll be covering the match tomorrow, which kicks off at 4pm. In the meantime you can follow me on Twitter @simonrice twitter.com
    10/16/2012 8:10:14 PM
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