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VIDEO: Stormy weather conditions forces friendlies to be abandoned

A few pre-season friendlies were abandoned last night due to the stormy weather conditions.

Torrential rain, thunder and lightning hit the Riverside Stadium halfway through the first half of Middlesbrough’s match against Sunderland which eventually got abandoned at half time.

A massive downpour forced players who were warming up to rush off the field.

Check out videos of the weather conditions below…

Sunderland also got footage of the storm, and what a view those supporters got of it, even the power cut out…

Boro announced soon after that the game, which was still goalless, had been abandoned in the interest of player safety with 7,509 inside the ground having to plan a trip home earlier than had been expected.

Sunderland boss Jack Ross told BBC Sport: “I popped my head out at half time and it was ridiculously heavy.”

“There’s a safety issue with thunder and lightning as well, and as it’s pre-season, it’s an easier decision to make rather than a competitive match.”

Boro manager Tony Pulis said he had never seen a game affected by such severe weather: “I’ve been in the game a long time and I’ve never seen a game called off for what we had at half-time,” Pulis said on Middlesbrough’s official website.

“It’s another thing on my belt of the things I’ve seen and done in football.

“The referee had said beforehand that the weather had been calculated to hit us around eight o’clock and he said then that if it’s that bad, there will be no risks and no chances taken.”

During the game, Middlesbrough were hit with a blow as Adama Traore was forced off the pitch after picking a worrying shoulder injury.


It wasn’t just Boro’s game with Sunderland that was hit by the weather.

In South Shields, Marseille v Celtic was also abandoned with the arrival of the thunderstorm.

The Celtic supporters didn’t seem to be put off by it however…

The two sides were playing in the South Shields FC International Tournament, which also sees the Mariners and Southampton take part.

Also in the North East, Thornaby, nearby to Middlesbrough, took on Stockton Town and saw the stormy conditions. However that game played the full 90 minutes.


Take a look at more reaction from the football world to the abandoned matches on the next page.

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