A hearth delayed the second half of Oxford United’s League One conflict in opposition to Wigan on the Kassam Stadium on Sunday.
The conflict, which was put again to a 4pm kick-off to be able to keep away from freezing climate circumstances, was quickly suspended with the sport goalless at half time when everybody contained in the stadium was compelled to evacuate.
A hearth inside one of many floodlights was the reason for the evacuation, however the situation was sorted by the fireplace brigade and the second half resumed at 5:45pm.
Oxford Mail journalist James Roberts advised talkSPORT.com: “There was a bang and a number of the floodlights went out, then there was this odor of burning.
“Inside minutes we had been being advised to evacuate and three fireplace engines arrived sharpish. We had been stood exterior for about ten minutes earlier than being advised we may come again in.”
The match ultimately completed shortly after 6:30pm with Oxford coming from behind to win 2-1 due to objectives from Sam Winnall and Elliott Moore. The end result sees the U’s rise to eighth whereas the Latics stay within the relegation zone.
Oxford boss Karl Robinson stated on a video posted on the membership’s official Twitter account: “We had been popping out for the second half and you might odor burning via the air vents and we had been advised to shortly evacuate the constructing.
“There was a leak up in one of many rooms, which contributes to the floodlights and that’s the place the burning was coming from.
“It’s one other unusual state of affairs that has been put in entrance of us. It’s been a loopy, loopy 48 hours and in lower than 48 hours we now have one other massive sport right here on Tuesday [against Tranmere] as effectively.
“Good factor that everybody is protected and we will get again to a little bit of normality.”
Take heed to full commentary of Oxford’s Papa John’s Trophy semi-final conflict in opposition to Tranmere LIVE on talkSPORT 2 on Tuesday, kick-off 6pm.