All those "Hell is freezing over" jokes are officially in play, ladies and gentlemen. Go ahead and use them if you haven't already. You know you want to. Don't deny it.
After talk of terrible weather leading up to Juventus' crucial clash against Galatasaray, it took all of 10 minutes for the hail and snow to wreak its havoc on the field in Istanbul. And after nearly half an hour of trying to clear the field, the match was officially abandoned.
We have this from the UEFA website:
Referee Pedro Proença took the players off in the 31st minute and ground staff took to the Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi pitch to clear the lines. However, play was unable to resume as both captains and the referee agreed that the pitch had become dangerous, the official ultimately making the decision to abandon the game.
Well there goes my Tuesday with Juventus. I bet you all feel the same way.
The question, of course, is when exactly they will resume this match that has so much riding on it.
According to article 11.04 of the competition regulations, the remaining match time must be played either tomorrow or on a reserve date ...— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 10, 2013
... or other date set by the UEFA administration.— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 10, 2013
My vote is for tomorrow — unless the weather is supposed to be just as miserable as it was the first time around. Just get the game played as soon as you possibly can. There's no reason to draw this out.
Who knows. We're all sitting on standby mode right now. I was kinda looking forward to a Juve player making a snow angel if they happened to score a goal. That would've been awesome.
Don't be afraid to hit refresh for updates. There will surely be a decision as to when the match will be resumed in the next couple of hours. At least that's the hope.