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Adelaide United, Perth Glory A-League clash rescheduled due to extreme heat

The kick-off time for Sunday's A-League match between Adelaide United and Perth Glory has been pushed back because of forecast 40 degree temperatures in Adelaide.

The Hindmarsh Stadim fixture was due to start at 4.30pm ACDT but will now kick-off at 7pm, Football Federation Australia said on Friday.

The preceding W-League match between the clubs on Sunday has also been delayed from the scheduled 1.30pm ACDT start to a 4pm ACDT kick-off.

Coaches and players have long been critical of the A-League's heat policy, with Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold questioning if it "someone needed to die" before a change was made.
Fortunately the FFA has acted before it has come to that.

Sky Blues striker Shane Smeltz was also vehemently opposed to playing in the scorching temperatures, which would often slow matches down to a crawl.

"As a spectacle it's probably not the greatest thing," Smeltz said after a match against Perth in November.

"If we had to play those games in those conditions every week I'd probably question whether we'd have the league, whether people would want to watch that as entertainment.
"I'm not sure, but hopefully it doesn't happen too many more times."


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