Safety an issue in snow: Ranieri

Roma manager Claudio Ranieri said it was unfortunate their Serie A clash with Bologna was postponed due to snow.

Just 17 minutes of play was completed when referee Luca Banti decided to call off the the game after heavy snow landed on the Stadio Renato Dall’Ara pitch.

“After the referee spoke to the captains, he discussed it with myself and Alberto Malesani,” Ranieri said.

“Both teams wanted to play, as with such a packed fixture list between the Champions League, Coppa Italia and Serie A, finding a free day will not be easy.”

“However, the most important thing was the safety of the players. After a while the fourth official asked how we were feeling and I confirmed I was afraid for the lads.”

“All it takes in those icy conditions is one wrong move and you can do serious damage. Malesani agreed and at that stage the referee made the right decision in calling a halt to proceedings, as there was the genuine risk of a major injury.”

Marco Borriello incurred an injury while warming up for the match, and was replaced by Mirko Vucinic.