Serbia qualifier postponed until next Saturday

Updated: November 18, 2007, 5:10 AM ET
Reuters

BELGRADE, Nov 18 - Serbia's Euro 2008 Group A qualifier against Kazakhstan has been postponed until Nov. 24 due to unplayable conditions, the Serbian Football Association (FSS) said on its Web site on Sunday.

"The match has been rescheduled after referee Luis Medina Cantalejo of Spain and UEFA delegate Peter Forusek of the Czech Republic deemed the conditions unplayable this morning because of a heavy snowfall," the FSS said.

"Forusek and Medina, accompanied by representatives of Serbia and Kazakhstan, made the decision after measuring 15 centimetres of snow on the pitch and learning from the weather forecast the conditions would deteriorate."

It had been hoped to play the match at 1200 on Sunday after it was called off on Saturday but the game was delayed again following an early morning pitch inspection.

Serbia need to beat group leaders Poland on Wednesday and Kazakhstan and hope other results go their way in order to qualify for next year's finals in Austria and Switzerland.

Poland have already qualified with 27 points after their 2-0 home win over Belgium on Saturday. Portugal have 26 points, Finland are on 23 with Serbia on 20. (Writing by Zoran Milosavljevic; Editing by Alison Wildey)

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