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Memo to FIFA: This is why!

Snow decimates Premier League games

By ESPNsoccernet staff

The weekend's Premier League fixtures have been decimated by severe weather, with Liverpool v Fulham, Arsenal v Stoke, Wigan v Aston Villa and Newcastle v Birmingham all cancelled, while Sunday's games - Blackpool v Tottenham and Wolves v West Brom - fell foul of the snow too.

Arsenal's match with Stoke was one of seven that fell victim to the snow

The top-of-the-table clash between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on Sunday has also fallen, with a statement on the Blues' website saying: "Sunday's game at Stamford Bridge has been postponed following consultation with the Police and the local authority."

A cold snap that has swept through the UK over the past couple of days has destroyed the football programmes in England and Scotland.

At Anfield, where Liverpool were supposed to be hosting Fulham live on ESPN UK, the surface was perfectly playable, but with temperatures forecasted to plummet the decision was taken to call off the game.

"Club officials met with the Police this morning to assess the prevailing weather conditions," a Liverpool spokesman said. "

"The safety of all fans attending the game is paramount and although the Anfield pitch is playable, the conditions around the stadium and further afield for people travelling to the match are such that the decision was taken, following Police advice on safety grounds, to postpone the game.

"All existing tickets will remain valid for the re-arranged fixture. We will also offer refunds and publish a deadline date for refunds once the re-arranged game date is announced, to enable us to re-sell any returned seats to other supporters.

"Any guests who have purchased hospitality for the game are advised to retain their tickets as they will be valid for the new date. We will advise all supporters of the new date as soon as possible."

Wigan's game against Villa at the DW Stadium has also been called off, with club officials blaming "freak weather conditions in the town overnight''.

Under-soil heating at the Premier League grounds means that all of the top-flight pitches were playable, but concerns about the safety of supporters have generally been to blame for the cancellations.
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