Swansea City’s Championship clash with Bournemouth has been postponed due to safety concerns.
The Swans were set to host the Cherries on Tuesday night, but damage caused to the Swansea.com Stadium by recent adverse weather conditions put the fixture under threat.
And on Monday afternoon, it was decided that the contest would be played at a later date to ensure the safety of players, coaches, staff and fans.
A club statement read: “Swansea City can confirm that Tuesday’s Championship fixture against AFC Bournemouth has been postponed for safety reasons, following damage to the Swansea.com Stadium caused by Storm Eunice and the ongoing adverse weather conditions.
“The decision was taken this morning following an inspection by the Licensing Authority and club management, and was reached after it was concluded that given the current weather conditions it would be impossible to undertake a full assessment of the damage and undertake the necessary repairs in advance of tomorrow’s fixture.
“Club staff have been in communication with AFC Bournemouth and the EFL over the weekend since the damage became visible during the course of the bad weather.
“The decision was concluded that the game should be postponed due to risks arising from the damage and in time to avoid visiting players, staff and supporters travelling to south Wales.
“All season tickets, season hospitality and match day/hospitality match by match ticket purchases will be valid for the rearranged fixture. Should any supporter who has purchased a match day ticket require a refund then they can request this by contacting the ticket office on 01792 616400 and selecting option 1 or by emailing [email protected]
“Any match by match hospitality refund requests should contact 01792 616628.
“Any supporters who have purchased a SwansTV streaming pass for this game will now be automatically refunded.
“A rearranged date for this fixture will be announced in due course.”
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The Swans are scheduled to return to action against West Brom on Monday, February 28.
Their next home fixture is against Coventry City on Saturday, March 5.
Neill Blake, AFC Bournemouth Chief Executive, said: “While it is disappointing that another one of our fixtures has had to be postponed following the effects of Storm Eunice, we completely understand Swansea’s decision and I would like to thank them for prioritising the safety of players, supporters and staff.
“Like us, Swansea have suffered too much damage to their stadium to make it safe for supporters in a short space of time – five days, as opposed to the 24 hours it has been suggested we could have made our stadium safe within.
“Swansea have come to a sensible decision and we have given them our full support so as to allow an early announcement on the postponement. We look forward to visiting them for the re-arranged fixture.”
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