Premier League games decimated

Cold blast wreaks havoc up and down the country

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Chelsea's much-anticipated clash against Manchester United became the most notable Premier League casualty to be hit by heavy snow this weekend.

The game, scheduled for Sunday afternoon, was called off due to safety reasons as the treacherous conditions continued to decimate the majority of the weekend's fixtures.

Games at Arsenal, Liverpool, Wigan and Birmingham had already been called off earlier on Saturday, leaving Sunderland versus Bolton and Blackburn versus West Ham as the day's only surviving matches in the top flight.

Sunday's game between Blackpool and Tottenham was also called off, as was the Black Country derby between West Brom and Wolves.

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Although Liverpool's pitch is protected by undersoil heating, a club spokesman said the game was called off after police warned of treacherous conditions around the ground, with sub-zero temperatures forecast for later.

Wigan earlier issued a statement confirming their game had been postponed, citing 'freak snow' as the reason, while Birmingham against Newcastle was called off at the request of referee Mike Jones and the local authorities due to safety reasons.

Reigning champions Chelsea had been preparing for the top-of-the-table encounter against the current leaders Manchester United.

However, due to the unprecedented snow and freezing conditions in West London, Police and the local authorities had no other option but to call the fixture off.

With the Blues hoping to go level on points with United, the news will come as a major disappointment to manager Carlo Ancelotti, whose side found some of their old form in the 1-1 draw against Tottenham last weekend.

United, meanwhile were looking to go six points clear off the West London giants with a win on the back of their impressive victory against Arsenal on Monday night.

A date is yet to be set for all rescheduled matches.

Comments (63)

Duncan Thomas (Everton fan) says...

Our game on Monday night isn't off though thank goodness

Posted 15:31 19th December 2010

Steve Jones (Manchester City fan) says...

Well, Well. Looks like City are the team to top the league this Christmas. Their game tomorrow won't be cancelled

Posted 09:55 19th December 2010

Mark Johnson (Arsenal fan) says...

We have underground heating in our stadium and last year when we had over 14 inches of snow on the ground the only green found was our pitch. We drove we came we cheered. Here on this side of the pond some of us have to get up at 530 am to watch the beautiful game. I cant imagine in London where mostly everyone can use public transit we move ahead even if it took a while to clear and heat the pitch. I missed the games today. Looking forward to boxing day.

Posted 07:56 19th December 2010

Edwin Stambuli (Manchester United fan) says...

Obviously Chelsea supportes are the more relieved,hopefully the rescheduled match will come at the right time.Our feet are still itching.

Posted 06:12 19th December 2010

Homzie D (Manchester United fan) says...

This is the first time that games are being hit by the weather. I don't think it will be the last. The only solution could be to install detachable roofs during winter so that the weather cannot play spoilt sport again. The clubs pay so much in terms of wages to the players but why not the same for the groundsmen as they are the most important people at the club as they ensure that the playing surface is suitable for playing. The clubs should hire the best in the profession who should get the job done. It is a real shame that matches at Champions League grounds such as Stamford Brudge and The Emirates get postponed. Isn't it ironic that matches were played at Ewood Park & The Stadium of Light and not at the Bridge and the Emirates? Looks like the season is going to go into June because of the weather. What if all 6 Prem teams reach the SF in Europe? What is the FA going to do then?

Posted 03:39 19th December 2010

Homzie D (Manchester United fan) says...

This is the first time that games are being hit by the weather. I don't think it will be the last. The only solution could be to install detachable roofs during winter so that the weather cannot play spoilt sport again. The clubs pay so much in terms of wages to the players but why not the same for the groundsmen as they are the most important people at the club as they ensure that the playing surface is suitable for playing. The clubs should hire the best in the profession who should get the job done. It is a real shame that matches at Champions League grounds such as Stamford Brudge and The Emirates get postponed. Isn't it ironic that matches were played at Ewood Park & The Stadium of Light and not at the Bridge and the Emirates? Looks like the season is going to go into June because of the weather. What if all 6 Prem teams reach the SF in Europe? What is the FA going to do then?

Posted 03:39 19th December 2010

Rey Robles (Manchester United fan) says...

Was really looking foward to the Man. United game. But Mother nature is a crazy one. Well from a USA fan of M.U. hope they replay and win.

Posted 22:08 18th December 2010

James Abey (Liverpool fan) says...

Why is it that all the rugby matches went ahead ? The fans also had to travel and walk to the stadiums so why were these not called off due to safety.

Posted 21:30 18th December 2010

Richard Kalina (Chelsea fan) says...

Just for the Facts, snow is water, when it melts, you need to get rid of the water. Pitch technology can heat to remove frost. Snow can be cleared, but the amount of residual moisture will make the pitch seriously cut up & become dangerous, go look at some Blue Square Games & see what I mean. Also the surrounding roads & pathways are the responsibility of local councils & they won't clear them just because an ardent Man U fan wants them to.

Posted 21:14 18th December 2010

Gary Burns (Manchester United fan) says...

I know what you mean dude, this is gonna be fun when these teams are still in most competitions and are playing games on sun,tues,thurs and sat just to get the games out of the way.......gonna hear some whinging from harry and sir alex no doubt but hey, that nature............

Posted 20:48 18th December 2010

Simon Oldfield (Manchester United fan) says...

the simple anwser to that is health and saftey if they gritted around the paths they are liable to be sued if somebody breaks their leg plus the motorways ent moving yes its a pain but unfortunately we cant stop it falling from the sky and its out of our control saftey comes first iam dissapionted its off some is everybody else but these things can happen and do its winter not spring blackpool add their last too cancelled the ipswich game was a farce they should off call if off at half time

Posted 20:34 18th December 2010

Andy Stone (Manchester United fan) says...

Surely if you dethawed a pitch you would freeze it again? its the police and safety officers that have stopped the game the pitch would be fine but the roads and pavements around the ground are deemed to be unsafe

Posted 20:33 18th December 2010

Wayne Penney (Liverpool fan) says...

Re Mike Bryan: Its the local police/authorities and referees that cancel games for the safety of the spectators, not the clubs.

Posted 20:30 18th December 2010

Teflon Don (Liverpool fan) says...

It has nothing to do with frozen pitches. You'll find that all (or at least the vast majority) of prem teams have undersoil heating. Games have been called off due to the treacherous conditions for fans travelling to/from the match. Clubs do have a duty of care to their supporters and part of that is to make sure they're not putting lives in danger. I would have thought that was obvious

Posted 20:28 18th December 2010

Adrian Jenkins (Manchester United fan) says...

I've just read that there is nothing wrong with the ground or out side chelsea. Someone from a news paper had written on twitter that they been to the ground the pavements are only slushy they have been gritted so out side the ground are not the reason, and since chelsea have undersoil heating and a massive ground staff so that cant be the reason. So why did they call the game off tomorrow is it that they are scared of loseing to man utd or just trying to get some players fit before they play if this is the case they should be investigated by the league if they have not got a valid safety reason.

Posted 20:25 18th December 2010

Joe (man city fan - not idiot) Woodhead (Manchester City fan) says...

the pitch doesn't need thawing....it says treacherous conditions around the ground. you fool.

Posted 20:21 18th December 2010

Chris Jones (Manchester City fan) says...

Mike Bryan - Are you really that immature? Use your head.

Posted 20:19 18th December 2010

George Lyons (Chelsea fan) says...

shut Mike you have no idea what you are talking about there are plenty of teams that are struggling with money, for example your club is in 600 million worth of debt

Posted 19:46 18th December 2010

Tinotenda Dube (Manchester United fan) says...

"Chillie" Chelsea should count themself lucky. Thanks to the weather

Posted 19:25 18th December 2010

Peter Spiller (Aston Villa fan) says...

what a fool mike. In this day and age where someone breaks a toe and their sueing of course the games will be called off. I bet you'd be the first to complain if you had an accident

Posted 19:22 18th December 2010

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