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Do not torment the players and fans: the match between Spartak and Lokomotiv must be postponed

Date: April 1, 2023 Time: 22:23:59


We all remember the classic phrase: the match will take place in any weather. In Soviet times, this phrase began to be often written on posters during the first USSR championship in 1936. Not at all, but in cases where the game was especially important, which was expected by thousands and thousands of fans.

In the 50s this phrase was abandoned, it happened in 1951. In Leningrad, the local Dynamo and Wings of the Soviets (Kuibyshev) played. In the second half, due to rain, the game had to be interrupted, because the pitch turned into a lake. There was no way to play in such conditions. The match was repeated just two months later.


But let’s get back to our realities. Yes, they all missed the real football, not the test matches. And then there is the sign, you can’t think of a better one. In addition, the participation of Artem Dziuba gives the game a lot of flavor. Everyone is waiting: Will Dziuba score against Spartak? Except for the red and white fans, of course.

Now imagine the environment. Meteorologists predict 14 minutes. Usually, the daily temperature is indicated in the forecast. The meeting will begin at 8:00 p.m., there is a possibility that the thermometer will drop below this mark. And according to the regulations, at minus 15 and under, you can only play with the consent of the teams.

But that is not the point. Minus 14 is enough to kill on the podium in an hour and a half. Somehow I was at a football game at minus 11, I didn’t see it until the end, I couldn’t stand it, I was shivering with cold. And, leaving the podium, he ran to the nearest cafe.

And how many desperate fans will come to the RZD Arena in such weather? It is very likely that with each touch of the ball the echo will walk through the empty stands.

And then there are the players. They are not robots, but real people. It’s not much fun to play in this cold. In addition, in such weather, the risk of injury is greatly increased. At the same time, it should be noted how many foreigners from heat-loving countries are in the composition of both teams.

Even if the temperature is minus 14, a degree higher than what is specified in the regulation, in which it is possible to make the decision to postpone the game, I urge you to cut through the bureaucracy and address the problem based on reality. . I’m sure the match must be rescheduled.


In July 2018, the Executive Committee of the Russian Football Union approved a new medical regulation for the Russian Football Premier League championship. Among other things, he detailed the weather conditions under which the championship meetings can be held.

Article 5 of the regulation is dedicated to the weather conditions of the matches. Points out that the match delegate has the right to require the match organizer to ensure that ambient air temperature measurements in the stadium are carried out 3 hours, 2 hours and 1 hour before the start of the match in the presence of the refereeing team. .

If the ambient temperature is below minus 15 degrees or above 35 degrees Celsius, the delegate must request the consent to participate in the match from both teams and immediately inform the league management about the receipt or non-receipt of such consent.

The same in the recommendations and in the UEFA regulations.


The 1/4 final match of the Russian Cup between Spartak and Lokomotiv is scheduled for tomorrow, February 22. It starts at 20:00 Moscow time. The game will take place at the RZD Arena. The second leg at the Otkritie Bank Arena is scheduled for February 27.

Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.

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