Galatasaray vs. Juventus abandoned due to snow

The Champions League match between Galatasaray and Juventus was

abandoned due to poor weather on Tuesday with the remaining 59

minutes to be played on Wednesday.

Play was halted in the 31st minute with the score at 0-0 as hail

and snow began to fall heavily in Istanbul.

Both teams went back to the dressing room as groundsmen tried to

clear the lines.

Half an hour later it was decided to postpone the Group B match

after ”both captains and the referee agreed that the pitch had

become dangerous” according to a statement by European football’s

governing body UEFA.

UEFA later announced the match will kick off at 3 p.m. local

time (1300 GMT) on Wednesday.

UEFA had originally said it would restart at 2 p.m. (1200 GMT)

but Turkish police sought to have the match put back an hour for

safety reasons.

However, further snow is forecast.

Juventus needs a point to qualify for the knockout stage while

Galatasaray must win to progress.

It is the third time a Champions League match between Juventus

and Galatasaray has been postponed. In 1998 the match was delayed

because of anti-Italian sentiment in Turkey over Italy’s refusal to

extradite Kurdish rebel leader Abdullah Ocalan. It was played a

week later in Istanbul.

The match between the two in 2003 was also postponed after

terrorist attacks in Istanbul, and was played a week later in

Dortmund, Germany.

Juventus’s group match against Bayer Leverkusen in 2001 was

postponed twice before eventually going ahead – with the Italian

team winning 4-0.