Man City-Sunderland match called off
Manchester City's Barclays Premier League clash with Sunderland has been postponed, Greater Manchester Police have confirmed.The match has fallen victim to the severe weather which has battered the north west.
Everton also confirmed their clash with Crystal Palace had also been postponed. The night's four other games are still scheduled to go ahead, but Stoke v Swansea appears to be under threat.
A tweet from police read: "GAME OFF - Manchester City's V Sunderland has been called off because conditions are deemed 'unsafe'. #MCFC"
City captain Vincent Kompany also announced the game had been called off via his Twitter feed. Kompany tweeted: "Game's called off! Make sure you get yourselves home and be safe, weather is terrible! #mcfc"
Game's called off! Make sure you get yourselves home and be safe, weather is terrible! #mcfc— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) February 12, 2014
City might have had the opportunity to move back to the top of the Barclays Premier League had the game gone ahead and other results gone in their favor.
The game will now have to be rearranged for later in the season, creating extra fixture congestion for a side still competing in four competitions. The decision to call off the match was taken on safety grounds after the Met Office issued an amber warning for severe winds for Greater Manchester.
The more severe, and rare, red warning -- the highest possible -- was in place for other parts of the north west, including Merseyside. Everton were also due to take on Crystal Palace but that match was still due to go ahead.
It read: "Whilst referee Jon Moss has to continuously monitor the situation, with the Met Office forecasting that the wind will drop after 7pm, the expectation is that the game will definitely be on."