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Women’s Super League: Chelsea v Liverpool game abandoned after six minutes

A photo of Liverpool WSL players
Liverpool’s WSL game at Chelsea lasted six minutes before the players left the pitch after playing in dangerous conditions

Chelsea’s Women’s Super League match at home to Liverpool was abandoned after six minutes on Sunday as players repeatedly slipped on the frozen pitch.

An inspection took place at Kingsmeadow at 09:30 GMT and the game went ahead as scheduled three hours later.

But referee Paul Howard swiftly stopped the action, deeming the conditions too dangerous to play on.

“The game should never have started. We have to put player safety first,” said Chelsea manager Emma Hayes.

Ground staff had used covers and heat blowers to thaw the pitch in Kingston upon Thames, but Howard said too many slips had happened in the opening moments of the game for it to continue safely.

Some visiting fans had set off at 5am to see their side take on the WSL leaders in the first game of the day.

Line-ups

Chelsea Women

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Musovic
  • 15Périsset
  • 26Buchanan
  • 4Bright
  • 7Carter
  • 21Charles
  • 5Ingle
  • 28Cankovic
  • 22Cuthbert
  • 11Reiten
  • 20Kerr

Substitutes

  • 8Leupolz
  • 10James
  • 14Kirby
  • 16Eriksson
  • 17Fleming
  • 18Mjelde
  • 19Rytting Kaneryd
  • 27Abdullina
  • 30Berger

Liverpool Women

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Laws
  • 2Koivisto
  • 23Bonner
  • 5Fahey
  • 28Campbell
  • 19van de Sanden
  • 18Holland
  • 8Nagano
  • 6Matthews
  • 11Lawley
  • 24Stengel

Substitutes

  • 3Robe
  • 7Kearns
  • 10Furness
  • 12Hinds
  • 15Lundgaard
  • 17Humphrey
  • 20Daniels
  • 22Kirby
  • 35Taylor

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