Manchester City's Champions League game called off due to heavy storm

Heavy rain falls at the stadium. Credit: PA

Manchester City's Champions League Group C opener against Borussia Monchengladbach has been postponed following a torrential thunderstorm.Heavy rain saturated the pitch at the Etihad Stadium in the two hours before the scheduled 7.45pm kick-off.

The match has now been rearranged for 7.45pm Wednesday 14th September.

Referee Bjorn Kuipers and officials inspected the surface at about 6.55pm and a decision to postpone was communicated around 30 minutes later.City themselves announced the news via Twitter.

"Tonight's #UCL match between #mcfc and @borussia_en has been postponed due to adverse weather conditions," a statement read.

Although the stadium was largely empty at the time, with most City fans having decided against entering, a number of Monchengladbach supporters, who had taken their positions, booed a public announcement.

The match will be replayed at another time. Credit: PA

It is understood the decision to call the game off was taken because of safety conditions around the stadium, rather than concerns about the pitch, which drained well when rain finally eased.

Jan Aage Fjortoft having some fun. Credit: PA

Elsewhere in Manchester there were reports of flash flooding and Metrolink tram services were suspended.

According to UEFA regulations, officials would make a decision as to when the game would be rearranged within two hours.

It is the second time in recent months both clubs have had games called off following inclement weather.

In July City's pre-season derby against Manchester United in Beijing fell foul of heavy rain while Monchengladbach's friendly against Inter Milan last month was also cancelled.

Monchengladbach midfielder Oscar Wendt said: "We are disappointed for the fans because 90 per cent of them will probably not be able to watch the rearranged game. But if the decision had to be taken for safety reasons then we understand it and respect it."