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Joke in the Ladies' Super Association as Chelsea's conflict with Liverpool is delayed after only SIX MINUTES because of a frozen pitch - notwithstanding it passing a review only over two hours before start off!

Chelsea versus Liverpool in the Ladies' Super Association was delayed after only six minutes

Chelsea's WSL conflict with Liverpool was shockingly canceled following six minutes

The pitch was considered playable from the get-go Sunday morning, hours before start off

Emma Hayes addressed baffled fans to say the call was 'appropriate for the players'

The choice followed a few different delays because of serious circumstances

Chelsea's Ladies' Super Association conflict with Liverpool was shockingly deserted after only six minutes of play in ludicrous scenes that welcomed humiliation to the ladies' down on Sunday.

Ref Neil Hair halted the match at Kingsmeadow because of worries from the two skippers after seven cases of players falling over in the cold circumstances.

Chelsea had placed covers and radiators on their pitch before start off, with leaf-blowers eliminating ice from the turf. A pitch examination had occurred at 9.30am, with the two chiefs guaranteeing the authority had let them know the circumstances were not playable prior to altering his perspective an hour after the fact.

The expulsion of the covers had likewise deferred the warm-ups for the two groups and the section of fans to the arena, however the authorities picked not to return the start up time.

'The game ought to never have begun. Everybody needed to get the game on yet when you have feelings of groups needing or not having any desire to play, that is the point at which you want a choice from a higher place. The FA weren't here - they should pursue the choice.'

Liverpool overseeing chief Russ Fraser had kept in touch with the FA before start off while commander Niamh Fahey and director Matt Facial hair had additionally voiced worries over the security of the pitch.

The conditions of the pitch were deemed unsafe despite a pitch inspection earlier in the day

The conditions of the pitch were deemed unsafe despite a pitch inspection earlier in the day

Sportsmail understands there was pressure to get Sunday's game on due to it being shown live on BBC Two, but the broadcaster said the decision had nothing to do with them.

‘It wasn’t playable at 9.30,’ Liverpool manager Matt Beard said. ‘He [the referee] said it was safe before he checked it. It should have been called off this morning.

‘It’s frustrating. I did say to the referee that we had to move our warm-up because it wasn’t safe.

‘Someone could have got hurt today, especially with the history of ACL’s [injuries] this year.’

Chelsea’s game was one of three to be postponed in the WSL. Tottenham v Leicester was called off on Saturday night while Brighton’s game with Arsenal was postponed two and a half hours before kick-off.

Ground staff were seen trying to warm the pitch at Kingsmeadow as players warmed up

Ground staff were seen trying to warm the pitch at Kingsmeadow as players warmed up

Hayes and top flight stars including Vivianne Miedema and Beth Mead insisted that undersoil heating should be made mandatory in the WSL.

Currently four clubs have the facility - both Manchester sides, and Reading and Leicester - who both play at their men’s stadiums. Aston Villa also play a large number of fixtures at Villa Park.

 ‘It's not for managers to decide if it's on - it's up to the FA and officials,’ 

Hayes said. ‘We have to say to ourselves that it's time for undersoil heating. We've got to take our game seriously. Yes, we can have our blowers and pitch tents but it's not enough.

‘No game at the top level of the women's game should be cancelled. We need undersoil heating - we don't live in Barbados.’

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes spoke to supporters after the game was called off on Sunday

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes spoke to supporters after the game was called off on Sunday

Chelsea's Erin Cuthbert grazed her leg on the frozen pitch while putting in a tackle earlier on in the game

Chelsea's Erin Cuthbert grazed her leg on the frozen pitch while putting in a tackle earlier on in the game

Hayes should perhaps direct her grievances towards Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, who has spent over £150 million on transfers for Graham Potter’s side this month.

There is no doubt that Chelsea and other top clubs could easily afford to install undersoil heating for their women’s teams if they wish.

The manner of the abandonment at Kingsmeadow is undoubtedly an embarrassment for the WSL and questions have to be asked as to why the game was allowed to go ahead to begin with.

Player safety was not prioritised. There could have been a serious injury in the six minutes of play that occurred before the game was abandoned.

Referee Neil Hair (centre) deemed the pitch playable before quickly calling off the WSL clash

Referee Neil Hair (centre) deemed the pitch playable before quickly calling off the WSL clash

A WSL spokesperson said: ‘We worked hard with the clubs and the match officials to safely play the Barclay’s Women’s Super League fixture between Chelsea and Liverpool as scheduled. 

'Following inspections before the match, the pitch was deemed to be playable by the matchday referee. 

'However, shortly after kick off, the referee made the decision to abandon the match in order to protect the safety of the players, which is paramount. We sincerely apologise to all fans who travelled to the match. The fixture will be rescheduled in due course.’

Liverpool boss Matt Beard slammed the decision, saying the game 'should never have started'

Liverpool boss Matt Beard slammed the decision, saying the game 'should never have started'

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