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Two Premier League matches postponed due to bad weather

Updated: Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 09:07 | Comments

High winds forced the postponement at the Etihad Stadium
High winds forced the postponement at the Etihad Stadium

The Barclays Premier League games at Manchester City and Everton were postponed on Wednesday as severe weather battered England and endangered fans travelling to games.

Earlier on Wednesday the Met Office issued red warnings - the highest possible - for parts of Wales and north west England in the evening.

City were preparing to welcome Sunderland to the Etihad Stadium but, with just over one hour before the scheduled 1945 kick-off, the club announced the fixture would not go ahead.

A club statement read: "Manchester City can confirm that this evening's fixture versus Sunderland has been postponed due to exceptional and escalating weather conditions.

"The safety of those in around and travelling to the stadium complex cannot be guaranteed. This decision has been made by the Safety Officer and Greater Manchester Police.

"Both managers and the match officials understand and support this decision.

"The decision to postpone the City game was made by the stadium's safety officer in conjunction with police.

"A number of issues around the stadium as the wind increased in the hours leading to kick-off made the area unsafe.

"An unused programme booth blew over and part of a wall was also damaged."

Everton's home meeting with Crystal Palace was next to go, with the Merseyside club citing "building damage" around Goodison Park as the deciding factor.

A tweet from the club read: "BREAKING NEWS: Tonight's game has been called off due building damage which has led to safety concerns."

Everton later released a statement confirming tickets for the original game were still valid and that talks over a new date for the fixture were scheduled for Thursday.

The statement read: "Everton officials will speak to the Premier League on Thursday morning to open discussions on when the rearranged game with Crystal Palace can take place.

"The club will communicate in due course the new date of the fixture and any additional ticket information."

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