Scotland vs Georgia suspended in 'farcical' scenes as rainfall leaves pitch 'unplayable'

Scotland's Euro 2024 qualifier against Georgia was suspended after just eight minutes due to a waterlogged pitch shortly after the hosts had raced into a 1-0 lead at Hampden Park. In typical British fashion, adverse weather conditions in June called the final international fixture of the season and summer to a halt, prompting the ground staff to rush onto the turf with their forks and brooms.

Celtic's Callum McGregor had given Scotland the dream start despite the heavy pitch which was evidently affecting both teams as they tried to keep possession.

Passes were slowing up in the surface water while players were left soaked every time they attempted sliding tackles - much to the entrainment of fans.

The match officials initially decided the pitch was okay ahead of kick-off despite large elements of doubt as they gave the contest the green light to go ahead.

But they quickly changed their minds after witnessing the opening exchanges of the contest which threw the healthy and safety of the players into question.

Following some deliberation, both sets of players were led off the field by the officials as the ground staff began to work on clearing the surface water.

The Mail's Craig Hope was covering the contest and wrote on Twitter prior to kick-off: "Scotland v Georgia… only in Glasgow would a summer fixture be in danger because of bad weather, but the sodden pitch looks unplayable in parts."

He added shortly after: "Teams taken off with Scotland leading 1-0. They’ll try to clear the pitch but it’s still raining & that was farcical for the six minutes they played."

A second pitch inspection was quickly scheduled for 8:35pm to determine whether the match could continue.


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