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Ukraine vs France Euro 2012: Match Temporarily Suspended Due to Lightning

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 15:  Football fans shelter from the rain during the UEFA EURO 2012 group D match between Ukraine and France at Donbass Arena on June 15, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)
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Sam WestmorelandFeatured ColumnistJune 15, 2012

The Euro 2012 Group D clash between the Ukraine and France has been postponed by the referee, due to lightning and excessive rain. 

The match did make it to kickoff, despite a torrential downpour and lightning flashing regularly in the sky in Donetsk, Ukraine, but was halted after an uneventful 10 minutes, as the referee deemed the situation too unsafe to continue. 

Fans scurried under the roof of the stands and both teams quickly returned to the locker room, as water could be seen pouring down the stands and onto the pitch. 

While Mirror Football reports that the referees hope to have the game going again at some point, it is not going to happen before 1 p.m. EST (7 p.m. in the Ukraine), and may not actually be able to be resumed tonight.


No kick-off before 6pm but Uefa still hopeful of playing match tonight

— MirrorFootball (@MirrorFootball) June 15, 2012

While the weather is supposed to move on beyond the Donetsk area shortly, the pitch could well wind up being in no shape to be used tonight. Water could be seen standing on the pitch in pools deeper than the grass was tall, and if the referee deems that the risk of injury is too great, he can postpone the final 80 or so minutes of the match until tomorrow. 

Stay tuned here for the latest updates on the situation in Donetsk.

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