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Wigan-Widnes back on after venue switch

Press Association logoPress Association 24/02/2017 Ian Laybourn

Wigan's Super League fixture with Widnes on Friday night will now go ahead after all, but at the home of their opponents.

The newly-crowned world club champions took the decision on Thursday night to call off the fixture after heavy rain caused by Storm Doris left standing water on the pitch at the DW Stadium, which is due to host Wigan Athletic's Championship match against Nottingham Forest on Saturday.

However, the clubs met for talks on Friday morning and announced the game will be played on the Vikings' all-weather surface at the Select Security Stadium, with the reverse fixture to be held at the DW Stadium on July 2.

The compromise agreement will not be enough to halt an investigation into Wigan's initial decision to unilaterally postpone the fixture but will help mitigate any punishment.

Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan says Widnes will receive compensation for staging the match at short notice.

"Directors of both clubs have been in discussions throughout the night and we believe that this is the best outcome for all involved," Lenagan said.

"The DW Stadium management have agreed to shorten the pitch renovation works scheduled for the summer to allow us to accommodate the reversed fixture.

"We understand the frustration of fans at the lateness of this change but we have collectively worked together to find the best case solution under the circumstances.

"The Wigan club will make a significant financial contribution to compensate Widnes for the short notice of the staging of this game and our sincere thanks go to Widnes CEO James Rule who has worked tirelessly with us to get this fixture on. We look forward to the game this evening."

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