Chelsea’s Women’s Super League game at home to Liverpool was abandoned after six minutes on Sunday as the players repeatedly slipped on the frozen pitch.
An inspection took place at Kingsmeadow at 09:30 GMT and the game went as scheduled three hours later.
But referee Paul Howard quickly stopped the action, deeming the conditions too dangerous to play.
“The game should never have started. We have to put the safety of the players first,” Chelsea manager Emma Hayes said.
Ground staff had used blankets and blowers to thaw the pitch at Kingston upon Thames, but Howard said too many slips had occurred in the early stages of the match for it to continue safely.
Some visiting supporters had left at 5 a.m. to watch their side take on the WSL leaders in the first game of the day.
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Match abandoned due to frozen pitch, Chelsea Women 0, Liverpool Women 0.
First Half ends, Chelsea Women 0, Liverpool Women 0.
To delay. They are ready to continue.
Game delayed due to injury Erin Cuthbert (Chelsea Women).
Attempt blocked. Fuka Nagano (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Emma Koivisto from a cross.
Attempt blocked. Katie Stengel (Liverpool Women) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Katie Stengel (Liverpool Women) left footed shot from the center of the box is blocked. Assisted by Melissa Lawley.
Jess Carter (Chelsea Women) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Shanice van de Sanden (Liverpool Women).
The compositions are announced and the players warm up.
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