Germany v Denmark match suspended as Euro 2024 clash hit by lightning

-Credit: (Image: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)
-Credit: (Image: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The Euro 2024 last-16 clash between Germany and Denmark has been suspended due to adverse weather conditions.

After 36 minutes of the game in Dortmund, referee Michael Oliver stopped play due to intense spells of lightning.

Both sets of players were removed from the pitch, initially taking cover in the dugouts, but they were eventually ushered down the tunnel as hailstones also fell on the ground and on supporters.

Rain could be seen pouring down from the roof of the stadium.

Claps of thunder could be heard around Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund.

According to ITV's refereeing analyst Christina Unkel, there is nothing in the UEFA rule book that states how long the wait might be. But she did suggest that the lightning will have to be at least 10 miles away from the stadium before play can restart, with a usual wait time of 30 minutes when similar things happen in other leagues.

BBC pundit Chris Sutton said: "It is belting it down again and it has got a lot windier."

Broadcasters ITV cut back to presenter Mark Pougatch in the studio, who discussed the incident with Roy Keane, Ian Wright and Ange Postecoglou.

Referee Oliver could be seen seeking clarification on matters when producers went back to the stadium tunnel. The game was goalless at the point of suspension, with Germany having an early goal disallowed for a foul.

Players were eventually let back out on the pitch, with Oliver restarting the match after a 20-minute break.