Nottingham Forest have made a proper criticism to the EFL in regards to the resolution to postpone Friday evening’s Championship recreation at Bournemouth, simply four-and-a-half hours earlier than kick-off.
Bournemouth’s Security Advisory Group (SAG) produced a written report on Friday afternoon saying the sport ought to be referred to as off due to storm harm to the Vitality Stadium.
By that point, the Forest squad and a number of other hundred travelling supporters from the East Midlands have been already on the south coast, after a 200-mile drive.
Storm Eunice brought about vital harm to the roof of the principle stand, and left promoting hoardings and different particles free across the stadium.
Sky Sports activities Information has been advised Forest have identified of their correspondence to the EFL that the postponement suited Bournemouth, whose squad was severely depleted, with seven first-team gamers injured.
Forest officers are considered livid that the sport wasn’t performed the next day, on Saturday afternoon, as soon as the storm had handed.
Privately, Bournemouth are adamant the sport was referred to as off due to professional well being and security causes – and it was the choice of the SAG, not the soccer membership.
It is thought Bournemouth’s SAG first instructed the sport ought to be cancelled on Thursday evening, earlier than the storm arrived, however EFL guidelines do not enable for postponements on the premise of a climate forecast.
An identical request for the sport to be halted got here at 10am on Friday morning, when a structural engineer, inspecting the harm, stated it could not be fastened inside 24 hours.
Steve Cooper’s aspect have been determined for the sport to be performed the following day as soon as the storm had abated, at 2pm on the Saturday, however that request was refused by the SAG.