Ash plume hits sport around the world

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 April, 2010, 12:00am

The volcanic eruption in Iceland has disrupted sporting events around the globe.

The referee for last night's soccer match between Manchester United and Manchester City, Steve Bennett, had to be replaced when he was unable to get back from Romania, where he was overseeing a course for match officials.

The city's other red team, Salford City rugby league club, were having to travel by coach to Perpignan in the south of France for a cup match today. 'It's certainly not our preferred method, but the game has to be played,' head coach Shaun McRae said.

The Formula One grand prix in Shanghai could also feel the effect when teams try to get personnel and equipment back to Europe after today's race. The next race, though, is not until May 9 in Barcelona, in Spain.

The Vienna marathon, in Austria, scheduled for today, is likely to be hit with up to 2,000 runners in danger of missing the race. Some competitors are also likely to miss tomorrow's Boston marathon, in the United States.