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Millwall CEO criticises postponement decision

19 February 2022

Millwall chief executive Steve Kavanagh has criticised the decision to postpone today’s game against Blackburn Rovers.

Following a final pitch inspection at 2.15pm, the referee deemed the pitch unplayable and unsafe for both sets of players.

The surface was first inspected shortly after midday when it was decided that should snow be cleared then the game could go ahead as planned.

“It’s a farcical decision,” Kavanagh told millwallfc.co.uk.

“By the time the decision to postpone the game was made the majority of the snow had been cleared.

“At worst, kick-off could have been delayed by a short while to allow any necessary additional time needed to clear what was left. To just call it off in the way it was leaves a bitter taste and I have to question the judgement made.

"By the time 3pm arrived the skies were clear, snow around the ground had long melted away and the pitch was unquestionably in a playable state.

“I’m deeply unhappy with the decision and have expressed that disappointment in the strongest possible terms to the governing bodies.”

As per an earlier statement, the club has confirmed it will fund coaches for supporters who wish to travel to the rearranged fixture.

“We had 500 supporters who travelled through some horrific weather to get to Ewood Park today,” Kavanagh added.

“The storm in the past 36 hours or so has been as bad as many of us will remember, but despite that, we’ve still got an excellent number of fans making a 500-mile round trip. That is truly phenomenal support and it’s because of that we’re so furious.

“You’ve got fans who have paid out a lot of money for train tickets, petrol, hotel rooms, and more, and I’m not sure that was factored into the thinking when postponing the game.

“I can’t and won’t accept that and we’ll do all we can to ensure fans are compensated as much as possible for their efforts.”


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