Ukraine v France resumes after lightning

Reuters, Friday 15 Jun 2012

The Euro 2012 Group D game between Ukraine and France resumed at 1700 GMT after a 55-minute interruption having been suspended in the fifth minute due to lightning and thunder amid torrential rain at the Donbass Arena on Friday

France v Ukraine
Match referee Kuipers of Netherlands with France's and Ukraine's teams leave the picth due to heavy rain during their Group D Euro 2012 soccer match at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, June 15, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

 

Referee Bjorn Kuipers ordered the players to go back to the dressing-rooms with co-hosts Ukraine and France level at 0-0.

Fans, officials and reporters ran for cover and the stadium was almost empty five minutes after the match was stopped.

There were fears the game could be abandoned but Kuipers and UEFA officials inspected the pitch shortly before 1700 GMT and decided it was in good enough condition for the match to restart.

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