Yesterday, the European Cup clash between Clermont and Saracens was postponed due to snow. It will take place today at 5.30 at Allianz Park. The entire ordeal has been slammed by Clermont as "absurd" and "ridiculous" with the club taking particular umbrage at the lack of information surrounding the affair.
With Saracens v Clermont set to take place today, the French side have released a long statement. And they are livid! pic.twitter.com/s6oKbfvUsa
— Paul Eddison (@pauleddison) December 11, 2017
The French club blasted the chain of communication after it was announced the pitch was unplayable:
The weekend should have been a rugby celebration between the two European finalists; whatever happens on the Allianz Park pitch this afternoon, it will remain yet another episode of the amateurism that sometimes affects our sport.
Without consulting any members of the staff (and with no official information) throughout the day ... we were eventually informed by phone by a member of the EPCR at about 5pm that the match would take place on Monday December 11 at 2pm.
The situation deteriorated from there:
We were told at 11pm that the game which was scheduled for 2pm had been moved to 5.30pm local time, with no way of telling the players who were already back in their rooms.
The end result is that the first meeting between the sides since the 2017 final will feature an extremely angry Clermont.
The EPCR chief executive, Vincent Gaillard, criticised their statement when speaking to Press Association Sport.
Clermont’s reaction is totally unjustified and unfair. They grossly underestimated the severity of the weather events that caused major disruption.
With the fall-out already underway, it will be extremely interesting to see what form Clermont are in for today's clash.