Gladbach ‘not happy’ as City refuse early KO

Borussia Mönchengladbach have voiced their displeasure after Manchester City denied them the option of an early kick off for their postponed Champions League clash.

The Bundesliga side were meant to face their Premier league opposition at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, but bad weather in Manchester saw the match postponed until Wednesday.

Die Fohlen wanted the postponed match to take place at 18:00 local time, so that they could return to Germany earlier, but City reported that they would not have enough staff available at that time.

"We asked Uefa and Manchester City to play at six o'clock tomorrow because for sporting reasons we wanted to fly back to Germany," Gladbach spokesman Markus Aretz said.

"But City could not make that possible. I don't know the reasons why. We're not happy with that. I think it's always a disadvantage when you have to stay one day longer than everything is planned."

The rescheduling of the match could also mean that the Gladbach support will be absent for the postponed kick off, and Aretz added that "with an away team it's a disadvantage, without fans".