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The Premier League, Women’s Six Nations and the Women’s Super League are among those to fall victim to Storm Ciara’s gale-force winds on Sunday, with football fixtures, rugby union ties and horse racing meetings all postponed.

Today’s Premier League fixture between Manchester City and West Ham – which was due to take place at the Etihad at 4.30pm this afternoon – has been cancelled.


The Citizens said in a statement: “Due to extreme and escalating weather conditions and in the interests of supporter and staff safety, today’s match has been postponed.

“This decision has been made by Manchester City’s Safety Officer following consultation with Club stakeholders and officials at West Ham United.

“Further information regarding the rescheduling of today’s match will be published in due course.”

There has been no word yet on the top-flight match between Sheffield United and Bournemouth (2pm), at Bramall Lane, which is currently still set to take place.

In the WSL, Arsenal were due to face Tottenham at Meadow Park with the north London derby having sold out the stadium though the Gunners confirmed “extreme weather conditions” forced the cancellation of the fixture.

Everton were also set to face Liverpool at Goodison Park, where it was hoped 20,000 fans would attend.

But the Toffees said in a statement: “The adverse weather conditions including high winds on Merseyside, caused by Storm Ciara, have made travelling to the match and the area around Goodison Park dangerous.”

Storm Ciara wreaks havoc as Man City vs West Ham, Women’s Six Nations matches cancelled (Image: GETTY/MET OFFICE)

Man City’s women’s team were also due to take on West Ham today, in London, with that match also cancelled.

Elsewhere in the WSL, Birmingham vs Brighton and Bristol City vs Reading have also been postponed due to fears over player and fan safety.

The Women’s Championship has also seen five matches called off.

The extreme weather conditions have also disrupted the Women’s Six Nations.

After their male counterparts did battle at Murrayfield last night, Scotland Women and England Women were due to go head-to-head at Scotstoun Stadium in Glasgow.

But 70mph hurricane-strength winds have forced the fixture to be abandoned, less than 24 hours after England’s male team defeated Scotland 13-6 to win the Calcutta Cup.

A Scottish Rugby spokesperson said: “It is very disappointing to have to take this decision but given the extreme weather conditions and with supporters, players and staff safety being paramount it’s the correct decision.

Storm Ciara wreaks havoc as Man City vs West Ham, Women’s Six Nations matches cancelled

Storm Ciara wreaks havoc as Man City vs West Ham, Women’s Six Nations matches cancelled (Image: GETTY)

“We will always put safety first. I’d like to apologise to fans for any inconvenience Storm Ciara has caused and we will update them with more information on the rescheduling on the game.”

Millwall’s Championship showdown with West Brom (1.30pm) at The Den is also unaffected. 

But several racing meets have had to be cancelled, with races at Exeter, Southwell and Punchestown all cancelled.

Leinster’s Punchestown has been hit by flash flooding after as much as 27mm of rain and the fixture has been rescheduled for Tuesday 11 February due to parts of the track being left unfit for racing.

An Exeter Racecourse statement said: “Sadly we have had to abandon racing. 

“Wind speeds have reached unacceptable mph gusts this morning and our localised forecast predicts this to continue for the remainder of today, affecting our racing operation, public safety and grandstand areas. 

“We are working closely with the BHA to explore options for restaging races.”

Storm Ciara wreaks havoc as Man City vs West Ham, Women’s Six Nations matches cancelled

Storm Ciara wreaks havoc as Man City vs West Ham, Women’s Six Nations matches cancelled (Image: MET OFFICE)

Storm Ciara wreaks havoc as Man City vs West Ham, Women’s Six Nations matches cancelled

Storm Ciara wreaks havoc as Man City vs West Ham, Women’s Six Nations matches cancelled (Image: GETTY)

Across Europe, the Bundesliga has been affected with a storm in west Germany forcing off the derby between Borussia Monchengladbach and Koln.

Koln said in an official statement: “The derby in Gladbach will not take place on Sunday. The meteorologists of the German Weather Service (DWD) do not expect any severe weather in Monchengladbach 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 Monchengladbach has decided in close coordination with the city of Monchengladbach, 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.”

Bayern Munich take on RB Leipzig in a match which could have major repercussions for the title race this evening, but that game is still scheduled to go ahead.

Eredivisie champions Ajax have had their clash with Utrecht postponed by the Dutch FA, with the division’s other top two teams – AZ Alkmaar and Feyenoord – also having games cancelled.

ADO Den Haag, managed by former West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, also had their match with Sparta Rotterdam called off.

“Ultimately this is about the safety of supporters and players,” said Jan Bluyssen, the head of fixtures for the Netherlands’ top flight.

“At the moment everybody’s dismayed, including us. But we don’t want to have it on our conscience if people get into trouble.”

Storm Ciara wreaks havoc as Man City vs West Ham, Women’s Six Nations matches cancelled

Storm Ciara wreaks havoc as Man City vs West Ham, Women’s Six Nations matches cancelled (Image: GETTY)

Dutch football body KNVB said on their website: “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.”

The Belgian Pro League has also been affected, with Manchester United’s Europa League last 32 opponents Club Brugge seeing their match with Standard Liege cancelled, along with two other games.

Every sporting fixture cancelled on Sunday February 9 due to Storm Ciara

Football

Premier League

Manchester City vs West Ham

Women’s Super League

Arsenal vs Tottenham

Everton vs Liverpool

Birmingham vs Brighton

Bristol City vs Reading

West Ham vs Manchester City

Women’s Championship

Durham vs Aston Villa

Charlton vs Sheffield United

Coventry vs Blackburn

Crystal Palace vs London Bees

Lewes vs London City Lionesses

Rugby Union

Women’s Six Nations

Scotland vs England

Rugby League

Super League

Huddersfield Giants vs Leeds Rhinos

Championship

Swinton Lions vs Dewsbury Rams

York City Knights vs Bradford Bulls

Challenge Cup

Barrow Raiders vs London Skolars

Keighley Cougars vs Newcastle Thunder

Rochdale Hornets vs York Acorn

Workington Town vs West Bowling

Horse Racing

Exeter

Punchestown

Southwell



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