Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 April 2014

Snow halts Northern Ireland v Russia World Cup qualifier

Windsor Park's pitch was covered in snow today
Windsor Park's pitch was covered in snow today

Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifying football match against Russia has become one of the biggest casualties of the snowstorm that has engulfed large parts of the region.

The scheduled fixture at Windsor Park in Belfast tonight was postponed until tomorrow afternoon as a result of the wintry blast that has seen almost 100,000 homes and businesses lose electricity.

Ground staff worked throughout the day in a bid to clear the pitch, but with the snow continuing to fall and the forecast remaining bleak, the Irish Football Association and Russian footballing authorities jointly agreed to the rescheduling.

Engineers from Northern Ireland Electricity have managed to restore supply to around 58,000 customers but were still working to reconnect 40,000 who remained cut off.