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Rain Forces Croatian Derby To Be Called Off

Officials have postponed the long-awaited Croatian football derby between Hajduk Split and Dinamo Zagreb after torrential rain hit the Dalmatian city just hours before kick-off, flooding the Poljud stadium pitch.

Referee Ivan Bebek called the match off at the scheduled kick-off time of 18:00 after inspecting the water-logged pitch, upsetting the large crowd who filled Poljud stadium.

The match will now be played, weather permitting, on Wednesday at 19:00. Scouts from Liverpool, Chelsea and Inter Milan had jetted in to watch tonight’s match, as did a delegation of inspectors from UEFA. The Croatian derby has been postponed once before because of a flooded pitch back in 2005.

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