Middlesbrough v Sunderland friendly abandoned because of storm conditions
Stormy weather conditions forced the abandonment of Middlesbrough's pre-season game against Sunderland amid safety concerns.
Torrential rain, lightning and thunder began midway through the first half at the Riverside and continued into the interval, with the game still 0-0.
Safety fears for players and a crowd of 7,509 led to the decision at half-time.
"I popped my head out at half-time and it was ridiculously heavy," Sunderland boss Jack Ross told BBC Newcastle.
"There's a safety issue with thunder and lightning as well, and as it's pre-season, it's an easier decision to make rather than a competitive match."