Hamburg derby is called off due to heavy rain

Hamburg derby is called off due to heavy rain

Published Feb. 5, 2011 8:38 p.m. ET

The Bundesliga derby between Hamburger SV and St. Pauli scheduled for Sunday was called off because of a waterlogged pitch.

An inspection of Imtech Arena on Saturday found the pitch to be unplayable after two days of heavy rain in Hamburg and more forecast.

A date for the postponed game will be set by the German football league next week.

''It simply rained too much. There was nothing anyone could do,'' Hamburger SV spokesman Joern Wolf said.


Work to lay new grass at the stadium was completed on Friday, but the club said only the weather was responsible for the postponement of the 16th Bundesliga derby between the sides.

The game at the 57,000-seat stadium has been sold out for weeks, and public viewing points were set up around the city.

''We never imagined that a game would have to be called off now, when there's no snow,'' St. Pauli manager Christian Boenig said. ''Now I have to ring each player individually to tell them the news.''