Mother Nature plays havoc with AltInordu-Fener cup match

Mother Nature plays havoc with AltInordu-Fener cup matchHeavy rain on Tuesday left Izmir Ataturk Stadium completely flooded, thereby causing the cancelation of the AltInordu-Fenerbahe game in Group E of the Ziraat Turkish Cup. Mother Nature unleashed her full wrath with a fury upon Izmir with rain descending like a roaring waterfall all day on Turkeyandrsquos third-largest city.

The match referee, Turkish Football Federation (TFF) officials and representatives of both AltInordu and Fenerbahe inspected Ataturk Stadium pitch over and over again to determine if it was playable.But all their efforts were in vain, as the water-logged pitch resembled more of a swamp than a football field, and the referee had no alternative but to call off the game.

andldquoOur fourth match in Group E of the Ziraat Turkish Cup against PTT League 1 [second division] side AltInordu, with was scheduled to take place at Izmirandrsquos Ataturk Stadium, has been called off due to inclement weather conditions. And the TFF is going decide on a suitable date for the game to be played,andrdquo the Fenerbahe club wrote on its official website.

The two teams, reports say, have set Jan. 18 as the replay date, but the TFF has the final say.

Both Fenerbahe and AltInordu have four points each from three games and trail leader Kayserispor — a second division team — by three. Cellar-dweller Bayburt Il zel Idare has one point.

Three cup games did take place on Tuesday, though, and the results were as follows: Kardemir Karabukspor 2, Ankaragucu 0 GenlerbirliIi 0, Giresunspor 0 and Sivas 4 Eylul Belediyespor 1, Istanbul BaIakIehir 2Action in the Ziraat Turkish Cup continues on Thursday with EskiIehirspor hosting Balova YaIanspor, Mersin Idman Yurdu entertaining Karagumruk and Manisapor taking on TrabzonsporThe cup winner will qualify for the second-tier UEFA Europa League, so this competition is of utmost importance for the Super League also-rans and teams in the lower divisions because it is the only way minnows can play in Europe.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman