David Munro says player safety is the reason that the match between Dundee and Ayr United was postponed on Saturday.
The Championship match was set to go ahead after a pitch inspection at Dens Park by a local referee was completed. He deemed the park playable at 10:30 but when match ref David Munro turned up, he disagreed, just over two hours later.
It left both sides frustrated after the earlier announcement, a part of the pitch waterlogged in the opinion of the referee. Munro has explained his decision: “I arrived at the stadium around 1pm with my assistants and we carried out our usual pitch inspections like we do for any match.
“We quickly identified there was going to be an issue due to water lying on the pitch. We went out with a ball and carried out a more extensive inspection and it was clear at that point there was water lying in several areas.
“When we ran on it, it was clear the pitch was waterlogged and was a danger to the players. At that point I communicated to the Dundee manager and Ayr assistant manager the game was postponed due to player safety.”
Asked if a delayed kick-off was a possibility, Munro replied: “That was perhaps discussed but in my opinion the situation wouldn’t have improved significantly enough to do that. It’s very hard for me to comment on the inspection that happened at 10.30am with me not being here for that.
“All I can base my decision on was the state of the pitch when I arrived. It was clear to me and my assistants it was unplayable. We all wanted the match on but we have to consider player safety being paramount.”