HOUSTON (Sporting Alert) — Manchester City and Houston Dynamo supporters who purchased tickets to watch Thursday’s cancelled friendly clash, will be compensated in some way, organisers said.
English Premier League outfits Man City were scheduled to battle with U.S. Major League side Houston in the BBVA Compass Dynamo Charities Cup in Texas, Thursday night, but the game had to be cancelled because the playing surface was deemed unsafe, following recent flooding in that area.
Organisers confirmed that all fans who purchased their tickets directly from the club’s customer service department, are all eligible for refunds or ticket exchanges.
“All buyers may also formally request ticket exchanges or refunds for tickets purchased through the team’s customer service department,” the club said in a statement on its official website at www.houstondynamo.com.
Several fans expressed their disappointments at not being able to see the game, with some driving for as long as six hours to watch the contest.
Manchester City, who had travelled to Houston from Toronto, were also disappointed after making the long trip from Canada and not being able to feature.
“We are bitterly disappointed for our fans, and for those of Houston Dynamo, that the match has been cancelled,” the Citizens manager Manuel Pellegrini said on the club’s official website.
“We had travelled to Houston from Toronto in anticipation of a great game of football and we recognise many fans have also travelled long distances.
“We thank the entire Houston Dynamo team for their efforts in preparing for the match and regret that the game could not be played.”
Manchester City, who finished second to Chelsea in the English Premier League standings in the 2014/15 season, are scheduled to return home shortly.
The Houston Dynamo, in the meantime, are set to travel to New York on Friday where they will take on David Villa and the New York City FC at 6 p.m. CT on Saturday at Yankee Stadium.