Rotherham United: Game v Ipswich Town off after River Don bursts its banks due to Storm Babet

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Rotherham United's game against Ipswich tomorrow is off

Rotherham United’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Ipswich Town has been postponed on the grounds of supporter safety following discussions with representatives from the Safety Advisory Group and the EFL which took place shortly after 4.30pm today.

Flooding in Chesterfield earlier today due to Storm BabetFlooding in Chesterfield earlier today due to Storm Babet
Flooding in Chesterfield earlier today due to Storm Babet | Derbyshire Times

After the River Don – which courses around the perimeter of AESSEAL New York Stadium - burst its banks due to Storm Babet, urgent discussions between representatives from the Safety Advisory Group/Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and club safety personnel and the EFL – were held with the conclusion deeming the weather conditions and their subsequent effect on the surrounding area a danger to supporters.

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This coupled with continued rainfall resulting in the flood waters rising and Don Street being closed to the public left the authorities with no choice but to postpone the game, said Rotherham United.

Throughout the day the pitch at AESSEAL New York Stadium has remained playable but with the safety of everyone attending the match at the height of our priorities, the difficult decision to postpone the fixture has been taken, the club said.

A spokesman said: "The decision was relayed to the EFL and our counterparts at Ipswich Town with all parties in agreement that postponing the fixture was the only possible way to ensure the safety of players, staff and supporters.

"It goes without saying that we are obviously disappointed for supporters due to attend and those set to watch at home given the game was being broadcast live on Sky Sports."

The game was due to kick off at 8pm tonight.

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