Friday September 8 2017
Marassi weather woes

The Serie A weekend will be one fixture down, as tonight’s match between Sampdoria and Roma was cancelled due to the weather in Genoa.

While it’s fairly unusual for a football match to be called off due to the weather, it’s become something of a recurring theme in the port city in recent years.

In fact, five matches at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris have been postponed in the past five years, with the stadium particularly prone to flooding thanks to its location on the eastern bank of the Bisagno river diversion.

Last season saw Genoa’s clash with Fiorentina on September 11 called off after 28 minutes due to a hail storm of biblical proportions.

The downpour caused play to be suspended, and after consultation with both captains, referee Luca Banti decided to abandon the game.

The fixture was eventually finished in December, with the Grifone taking a 1-0 win.

Almost exactly 12 months prior, Sampdoria fell victim to the weather during their match with Bologna, with the game postponed until the following day, September 14.

In February that year it was the biggest fixture on the Genoese football calendar which fell victim to the elements.

Having initially been scheduled for February 21, the Derby della Lanterna was moved to three days later and ended in a 1-1 draw, Iago Falque scoring for Genoa and Eder equalising for Sampdoria.

In March 2013, it was winter weather rather than flooding which caused Sampdoria-Inter to be called off, with the Luigi Ferraris covered in ice and snow.

Rodrigo Palacio struck twice in the rescheduled match on April 3 to hand the Nerazzurri a 2-0 away win.