M62 chaos: 'We did everything humanly possible to play Hull FC v Bradford match'
HULL FC's Super League game with Bradford Bulls was called off last night after the closure of the M62 prevented the club from being able to field a team.
An overturned tanker shut the motorway, first delaying the kick-off before a decision was finally taken at 8pm to postpone the match because eight of Hull's players were caught up in traffic.
Now rearranged for tomorrow at 3pm, thousands of fans left the KC Stadium disappointed as Hull's second match of the season was called off for the second year running.
Following the frozen pitch incident at Catalan last February, this time it was an accident which put paid to the fixture as the two clubs and the RFL made the decision to move the game.
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Speaking to the Mail, match commissioner Dave Asquith said all parties tried everything possible but he was left with no alternative but to delay the match until tomorrow.
"We tried everything humanly possible, but at 8pm Hull's players were still stuck on the motorway," he said.
"We tried for as late as possible for the kick-off but unfortunately we couldn't accommodate that. All credit to both clubs for accommodating this alternative.
"Bradford wanted to play the game as much as possible, but there is no set ruling on this. It is just a case of common sense.
"You have to look at the transport logistics and last buses etc, so 9.15pm was really the latest we could play. It just wasn't to be I am afraid."
The match had initially been moved back to an 8.30pm kick-off, then 9.15pm, before a decision was taken just before 8pm to postpone, with most the fans waiting patiently inside the KC for the game to start.
Asked about why a late call was made, Asquith insisted all parties needed to give every chance for the game to go ahead, before having to make contingency plans.
"There was a delay to announce because we needed to check match stewarding, check with both clubs and Sunday is the best possible date," he added.