By Dipo Olowookere
The current English Premier League (EPL) champions, Manchester City, have announced postponing their league match against West Ham United on Sunday evening.
A statement from the blue side of Manchester in England said the game was shifted to another day because of extreme bad weather, specifically due to Storm Ciara.
According to the short statement from the club’s official website, the decision to push the match forward was for the interest and safety of the supporters and members of staff of the club.
“Due to extreme and escalating weather conditions and in the interests of supporter and staff safety, today’s match has been postponed.
“This decision has been made by Manchester City’s Safety Officer following consultation with Club stakeholders and officials at West Ham United.
“Further information regarding the rescheduling of today’s match will be published in due course,” the statement from Man City on Sunday disclosed.
The Manchester City and West Ham match was one of the few matches slated for this weekend, which had the inaugural winter break in the English league.
In June 2018, an agreement was reached between the Football Association, the Premier League and EFL, allowing each team get a weekend off in February.
Under the new system, match week 26 will have eight teams play on February 8-9, while the other 12 clubs will play their matches from February 14-17.
All 10 matches have different kick-off times, meaning none of the games will be played at the same time. None of the Saturday games kick off at 3pm, with lunchtime and evening starts.
This agreement was reached after clubs and managers complained severally about how their players were getting fatigued from the busy Christmas and New Year matches.
The winter break was introduced to allow players have enough rest after playing football games during the festive season.
Players in Germany, Spain and other European countries observe break during the December/January holidays to help them recover ahead of the second half of the season.
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