Wellington Phoenix’s Canterbury match to go ahead

Wellington Phoenix’s December 5 fixture in Canterbury will go ahead as planned despite the recent earthquake in Christchurch.

Wellington Phoenix’s December 5 fixture in Canterbury will go ahead as planned despite the recent earthquake in Christchurch.

The Phoenix have scheduled a clash with Adelaide United at AMI Stadium (Lancaster Park) and despite the natural disaster, the show will go on.

Phoenix defender Ben Sigmund said it was a scary time for the people of Christchurch but also stated that the support the club received when they were in the region last season was brilliant.

“It was a massive shock but thankfully everyone is okay. It’s the aftershocks now that are so frightening and that’s torture for people who are already scared,” he said.

“As sports fans the best way to show our support for the region is to be at that game [on Dec 5]. We had almost 20,000 people there for the game last year and hopefully we can get even more this time around.

"It may seem like a small thing but that support from outside the region all benefits the local economy and helps speed up the process of getting things back to normal.”

The club will organise a relief collection where donations can be made at the Round 6 clash with Sydney FC at Westpac Stadium this Saturday.

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