Derby v Cardiff: EFL request 'observations' from clubs after postponement

Pride Park Stadium
Derby County currently sit fifth in the Championship, 14 points behind Cardiff

The English Football League says it will look into the postponement of Derby County's Championship match against Cardiff City on Sunday.

Hosts Derby said the weather left the areas surrounding their Pride Park stadium in an "unsafe condition".

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock called the situation a "disgrace" and suggested the Rams, who have several players out injured, welcomed the postponement.

Derby made the decision to postpone the game, according to Derbyshire Police.external-link

In a statement on Sunday, the EFL said the move was taken "following discussions between Derby County, Derbyshire Police and the local Safety Advisory Group (SAG)".

On Monday, an EFL spokesman added: "We are aware of the comments that have been made throughout the course of today in regard to yesterday's postponement between Derby County and Cardiff City.

"Having asked both clubs for their observations on the matter on Sunday, the EFL will not be making any further comment until the full responses are received."

Following the EFL's latest statement, Cardiff City chief executive Ken Choo said: "We look forward to the EFL's response and will update our supporters in due course.

"I share their frustrations and am in dialogue with the EFL to determine exactly why the game was postponed and how that decision was reached."

Following the rearrangement of the fixture - which will now take place on Tuesday, 24 April (19:45 BST) - Choo added: "The EFL need to digest the information. They're being very careful with the decision because it will have far-reaching consequences.

"I have asked Derby to reimburse 2,700 of our fans for their tickets and their travel."

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