The big freeze

Seven Premier League games called off

January 8, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Seven Premier League weekend fixtures have fallen victim to the adverse weather conditions enveloping England, with Wolves' match at West Ham the latest to be called off.

The English elements hit football
GettyImages / MatthewLewisThe English elements hit football

Chelsea's game at Hull, Liverpool's clash with Tottenham, Aston Villa's game at Wigan, Fulham's game against Portsmouth, Stoke's trip to Burnley and Sunderland's fixture against Bolton at the Stadium of Light have also been postponed.

Wigan decided to call off their match against Villa at the DW Stadium at 8.30am on Saturday morning after a pitch inspection by referee Stuart Attwell.

A statement on the club's official website read: "Wigan Athletic have been forced to postpone this afternoon's Barclays Premier League match against Aston Villa after the undersoil heating at the DW Stadium failed late yesterday, Friday.

"Engineers spent most of the evening on site attempting to repair the fault but have not been successful, with the problem necessitating parts which were not available at such short notice."

The big freeze has wreaked havoc with the fixture list in England this weekend with the lower leagues also badly hit - not a single match will be played League Two or the Conference.

The Premier League fixture list had remained intact until Friday morning when the game between Fulham and Portsmouth at Craven Cottage was the first to be postponed.

A club statement read: "Saturday's Premier League fixture against Portsmouth at the Cottage has been postponed due to the adverse weather conditions which are not expected to improve over the next 24 hours.

"The safety of supporters is of paramount importance to the club and following an inspection of the areas surrounding Craven Cottage on Friday morning it was deemed unsafe for fans to travel.''

Burnley then announced that their game against Stoke City at Turf Moor will not be going ahead due to safety reasons before Bolton's trip to Sunderland was also called off.

Liverpool requested that their game with Spurs was also postponed "for safety reasons" and by Friday afternoon the clash had been cancelled, along with Chelsea's match with Hull at the KC Stadium.

Birmingham have said that their pitch is completely playable ahead of their match against Manchester United on Saturday evening but, as with all games, there is a doubt about the pavements around the ground.

Meanwhile, Manchester United have rearranged their home game with Hull City for Saturday, January 23. The game should have been played at the end of the month but was postponed due to the rescheduling of the Carling Cup semi-finals.