Coventry clash with Rotherham in HUGE doubt over pitch safety fears after Commonwealth Games rugby sevens matches

COVENTRY’S Championship clash with Rotherham on Sunday is in HUGE doubt due to concerns over the safety of the pitch.

It comes after the Commonwealth Games rugby sevens matches were played at the Ricoh Arena.

The Ricoh has been hosting rugby sevens matches at the Commonwealth Games
The Ricoh Arena pitch has been impacted by hosting the Commonwealth GamesCredit: Getty Images – Getty

A pitch inspection is due to take place on Sunday to see if the match can go ahead.

But Coventry manager Mark Robins has been left furious and insists there is no way they can play.

He said: “We’ve been badly let down, professional players cannot play on that.

“Hopefully we can do something to bring it up to standard.”


All of the rugby sevens at the Commonwealth Games was held at Coventry’s home ground.

It took place between July 29 and July 31.

South Africa claimed the gold medal in the men’s, with Australia triumphing in the women’s.

But this is not the first time an unrelated event has handed another some issues.

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In 1970, the FA Cup final was played days after the Horse of the Year show at Wembley.

Meanwhile, Coventry kicked off their Championship campaign last weekend away at Sunderland.

And Viktor Gyokeres’ 84th-minute equaliser was enough to hand them a well-earned point as they held The Black Cats to a 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile, Rotherham also began the season with a draw as they shared the spoils at home to Swansea.

Chiedozie Ogbene’s opener was cancelled out by Harry Darling seven minutes before half-time.

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