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Chelsea vs Liverpool WSL match abandoned after six minutes due to frozen pitch

The Women's Super League game between Chelsea and Liverpool was abandoned after just six minutes due to a frozen pitch.

The match at Kingsmeadow had passed a pitch inspection two hours before the 12.30pm kick-off

But after Chelsea midfielder Erin Cuthbert took a heavy fall in the fifth minute, the referee deemed the pitch unplayable and called off the fixture

Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said she thought the pitch had not looked playable since the morning, and that the game should not have kicked off in the first place

"You could see from the opening minutes that it was like an ice rink down the sides," Hayes told the BBC.

"Matt Beard [the Liverpool manager] was upset that it even got to that point and he's right.

"It's not for managers to decide if it's on - it's up to the FA and officials. We have to say to ourselves that it's time for undersoil heating. We've got to take our game seriously. Yes, we can have our blowers and pitch tents, but it's not enough

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