Snow blast wipes out Premiership games

Published Dec. 18, 2010 2:54 p.m. EST

Chelsea's home game against title rival Manchester United was called off as a blast of heavy snow Saturday wiped out most of the weekend Premier League program.

The Stamford Bridge fixture was postponed around 27 hours before kickoff after consultation with the police and the local authority in London.

Games at Arsenal and Liverpool were called off hours before kickoff on Saturday, when only two matches were still due to go ahead - Sunderland's meeting with Bolton and Blackburn's game against West Ham.

While most pitches were deemed playable, clubs are concerned about the treacherous conditions surrounding their stadiums and on approaching roads.


Arsenal, which was due to play Stoke, said three inches (seven centimeters) of snow fell over the Emirates Stadium before the referee called off the match and the north London club said there appeared to be "no apparent let up."

There were also heavy snowfalls in Liverpool, where the home side was due to play manager Roy Hodgson's former club, Fulham.

Wigan said 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow fell overnight as "freak weather conditions" hit the town before its match against Aston Villa was forced to be postponed.

Birmingham cited "health and safety grounds" for the decision to call off its home match against Newcastle.

Blackpool called off its match against Tottenham on Sunday, with club secretary Matt Williams saying that "the safety of all fans attending the game was of paramount importance."

The only match due to go ahead on Sunday is the derby between West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton.

On Monday night, Manchester City hosts Everton.