Monsieur Salut accepts at once that the south of France, with temperatures a hot and sticky 35 or so, is not the best place in which to raise eyebrows at events in Sunderland.
At first, though, I did not believe it could be true that bad weather was likely to force the postponement of a football match at a state-of-the-art stadium in the English Premier League. Lots of rain has fallen, I am quite sure, but did it not do something similar before Coldplay were nevertheless able to play, surrounded by lots of potentially dangerous equipment, back in June?
But I have since read that both managers shared the referee’s assessment that the pitch was unplayable. Since I refuse to believe the SoL drainage system is not up to coping with something that tends to happen in the UK – heavy rain – then it must have been freak weather to have this effect.
Sunderland supporters, and indeed the band of Reading fans who would for the most part have been in the North East by the time the decision was taken, may comment below on just how bad it has been.
It means Adam Johnson will, after all, be available for selection for the first Premier game after signing for us – a warm welcome, Adam – whether or not Martin O_Neill wishes to use him in the league cup game versus Morecambe, more summer rain permitting, on Tuesday night.
And Pete Sixsmith’s worrying choice of attending today’s RL cup final between Leeds and Warrington rather than the first home match of the season does not, after all, cause a rare absence on his part from a SAFC game – and its subsequent discussion on these pages.