Genovese derby between Sampdoria, Genoa postponed due to heavy rain

Heavy rainfall at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris suspended Saturday's clash between Sampdoria and Genoa on Saturday.

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The derby between Sampdoria and Genoa scheduled for Saturday was postponed due to heavy rain.

The referee initially delayed kickoff for 15 minutes, then called the Serie A match off when the rain did not let up and with the pitch unplayable. The referee consulted with both captains before making his decision.

Fans inside the Stadio Luigi Ferraris did not appear to realise that the game had been called off until the two sides emerged and went to their respective ends to applaud them.

"I hope the conditions will be better tomorrow because we want to get this game played," said Sampdoria goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano to Sky Sport Italia, suggesting that an attempt may be made to stage the fixture on Sunday.

Heavy rain was forecast to fall in Genoa throughout the night, however, making even Sunday an unlikely alternative date for the 78th Derby della Lanterna.

No new date was immediately set for the league match, the only one scheduled on Saturday.

Genoa and Sampdoria remain level on points in sixth place, two points below the Europa League places.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.