Belfast Telegraph

Premier League games forced off

The Barclays Premier League matches at Blackpool and Everton have fallen victim to the cold weather.

Blackpool's match against Liverpool, scheduled for a 3pm kick-off, has been postponed due to the cold weather after officials were forced to postpone the game.

Overnight temperatures of minus nine degrees meant a scheduled midday inspection was brought forward to 10am because of concerns about the Bloomfield Road pitch, which does not have undersoil heating.

And despite covers and hot-air blowers being employed over the last few days an assessment of the playing surface showed there was no possibility of play.

The match has already been rescheduled for January 12, with an 8pm kick-off.

It is the third home match in succession this month Blackpool have had to postpone because of the weather, having already had to move matches against Manchester United and Tottenham.

Everton's game against Birmingham at Goodison Park has also been postponed because the freezing temperatures have left the stadium in an unfit condition for the match.

The club reported there were "several miles of frozen pipes, many of which burst during the course of Christmas Day night".


From Belfast Telegraph