Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Le Farce

Rugby is treating its paying customers with contempt.

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.


JL Pagano said...

Biggest farce for me is that they inspected the pitch at 4pm the day before then 7pm on the day of the game, passing the pitch as "playable". Would it not make more sense to inspect at the same time the match was due to kick off at least 2 days before? And I don't just blame the ref for this either. It's a no-brainer that should be enshrined in the IRB's protocols, let alone those of the Six Nations.

ladycranesevens said...

Why not just play rugby during the warmer months ... ?

Nursedude said...

What was really De-Gaulling, was that the FFR wanted to replay the match NEXT year. Huh?