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Tottenham’s pre-season friendly against Leicester is CANCELLED due to heavy rain in Thailand leaving puddles on the pitch

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Tottenham’s pre-season friendly against Leicester is CANCELLED due to heavy rain in Thailand leaving puddles on the pitch

  • Tottenham were due to face Leicester in a friendly in Thailand on Sunday 
  • Torrential rain initially caused the pre-season match in Bangkok to be delayed
  • After a further inspection, the match was cancelled due to unsafe conditions 

Tottenham’s pre-season friendly against Leicester in Bangkok was called off after torrential pre-match downpour left the pitch unplayable.

The heavens opened an hour before kick-off and the rain poured down relentlessly as the two teams warmed up, huge puddles forming on the pitch and the perimeter running track at the Rajamangala National Stadium.

Once the players returned to the sanctuary of the dressing room, about 30 minutes later, three people dashed out with a couple of squeegee mops came out to try and remove some of the standing water. Two more emerged to repaint the white lines washed away.

All to little effect. The rain eased but still came down steadily. The original kick-off time of 5pm ticked by without kick off. 

There was an on-pitch meeting and a ball was produced, rolled along the surface and stopped abruptly in a puddle.

Rain left puddles on the pitch, causing Tottenham's friendly with Leicester to be cancelled

Rain left puddles on the pitch, causing Tottenham’s friendly with Leicester to be cancelled

Torrential rain fell in Bangkok, Thailand, and officials decided the game could not go ahead

Torrential rain fell in Bangkok, Thailand, and officials decided the game could not go ahead

Ange Postecoglou's side lost their opening pre-season game against West Ham on Tuesday and their second match has now been called off

Ange Postecoglou’s side lost their opening pre-season game against West Ham on Tuesday and their second match has now been called off

Ange Postecoglou chatted on the touchline with his Leicester counterpart Enzo Maresca but neither were able to see their side play. 

There was a pitch inspection at 5.25pm local time which was only ever going to have one outcome. 

The teams came out 15 minutes later to stroll around the stadium on a lap of thanks to the fans and disappeared back down the tunnel.

The game was off. A great shame for the supporters. Not good either for the preparation of the teams. 

Postecoglou might be particularly annoyed since the next game in Singapore was supposed to be against Roma but the Italians pulled out. It is now against local club team Lion City Sailors.

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