Storm Ciara: Arsenal v Spurs in WSL, Exeter and Southwell races abandoned

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Football fixtures and horse racing on Sunday have been hit by Storm Ciara.

Arsenal’s sell-out Women’s Super League game against Tottenham has been called off, along with race meetings at Exeter, Southwell and Punchestown.

The match was postponed “on the grounds of crowd safety, due to extreme weather conditions,” said an Arsenal statement.

Exeter’s race meeting, where the 2019 Grand National runner-up Magic Of Light was due to run, was abandoned because of high winds.

The fixture at Southwell, which has an ‘all-weather’ surface, was also abandoned, along with the Irish meeting at Punchestown which was hit by 27mm of rain and flash flooding.

“Wind speeds have reached unacceptable miles per hour gusts this morning and our localised forecast predicts this to continue for the remainder of today, affecting our racing operation, public safety and grandstand areas,” said an Exeter spokesperson.

Two matches are scheduled to take place in football’s Premier League – Sheffield United against Bournemouth (14:00 GMT) and Manchester City versus West Ham (16:30) – and fans face travel delays.

All five fixtures in the Women’s Championship have been postponed, while the Dutch Eredivisie and Belgian Pro League and the Belgian second tier have postponed their fixtures.

Dutch champions Ajax were among the sides to have fixtures postponed, while Alan Pardew’s ADO Den Haag have also seen their trip to Sparta Rotterdam called off.

Cancelled fixtures:

HORSE RACING

Exeter

Punchestown

Southwell

FOOTBALL

Women’s Super League

Arsenal v Tottenham

Women’s Championship

Durham v Aston Villa

Charlton v Sheffield United

Coventry v Blackburn

Crystal Palace v London Bees

Lewes v London City Lionesses

Dutch Eredivisie

FC Utrecht v Ajax

AZ Alkmaar v Feyenoord

Sparta Rotterdam v ADO Den Haag

FC Emmen v FC Twente

Belgian Pro League

Standard Liege v Club Brugges

Royal Antwerp v KRC Genk

Waasland-Beveren v KV Kortrijk

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