Sunday, December 19, 2010

Matches off

All of Sunday's Barclays Premier League matches have been postponed due to this weekend's bad weather
All three fixtures have been postponed on safety grounds. Chelsea v Manchester United was the first of the day's matches to be called off and later the Black Country derby between West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers and also the meeting between Blackpool and Tottenham Hotspur were postponed.
The poor weather also had a dramatic impact on Saturday's Barclays Premier League fixtures, with four of the day's matches postponed. Wigan Athletic v Aston Villa was the first to be called off, quickly followed by Liverpool v Fulham, Birmingham City v Newcastle United and Arsenal v Stoke City - all on safety grounds. A statement on Chelsea's website read: "Sunday's game at Stamford Bridge has been postponed following consultation with the Police and the local authority.
"There has been heavy snow in London on Saturday. Should customers require a refund they can send the tickets back to the box office with credit card details and they will be cancelled.
"Customers are advised to send tickets back by Royal Mail special delivery in order for the tickets to arrive safely. Any tickets that do not arrive cannot be refunded. All tickets WILL remain valid for the new date once it is confirmed."
A statement on West Brom's website read: "Albion have been forced to postpone tomorrow's (Sunday's) Black Country derby with Wolves due to the adverse weather conditions.
"The club have done everything in their power to get the game on but have had to admit defeat on safety grounds.
"More than 20cm of snow fell between the early hours of this morning and this afternoon, with no apparent let up, and temperatures are predicted to drop as low as minus 10 during the night.
"All tickets purchased for this match will be valid for the re-arranged fixture."
A statement on Blackpool's website read: "Blackpool Football Club can confirm that Sunday's game with Tottenham Hotspur has been postponed. The decision has been ratified by the Premier League."
Secretary Matt Williams said, "We have been in regular communication with the local authority, the police, Tottenham and the Premier League throughout the last 48 hours and following the heavy snowfall on Friday night and forecast of further sub zero temperatures we met on Saturday lunchtime to discuss the fixture and possible problems."

"Everyone was in full agreement that the safety of all fans attending the game was of paramount importance and although the Bloomfield Road pitch is playable at the current time, the conditions around the stadium and further afield for people travelling to the match were such that in the best interest of both sets of supporters it was agreed to postpone the fixture."

Following the postponement of their match on Saturday, Wigan issued a statement describing the surrounding conditions as "extremely hazardous" although the pitch is fine due to the undersoil heating.

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