Wednesday, 15 February 2012
The postponement of France vs Ireland last Saturday was the right thing to do - quite rightly player safety was prioritised.
The problem, however, was in the scheduling of the match. A kick off time of 9pm local time in mid-winter in a city where cold weather is hardly unprecedented, was spectacularly stupid. Huge numbers of travelling fans, both French and Irish, were left massively inconvenienced as well as out of pocket.
So, when rescheduling the game, a Saturday afternoon kick off was the obvious choice, allowing supporters to travel to and from the game with minimal disruption.
It comes as no surprise to learn that the obvious solution has been ignored.
Sunday 4th March at 4pm is when the powers that be have decided to re-schedule the match. Not only will this mean that I will miss the game on TV as I'm taking my kids to the X Factor Live Tour (yes, I know), the revised kick off time effectively forces anyone who wants to travel to see the match (who may already have wasted a small fortune travelling last weekend) to take the following Monday off work. Incroyable.
There are ticket refunds on offer for those unable or unwilling to splash the cash for a second time. Big deal.
You really couldn’t make this stuff up.