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01-06-2010, 12:50 AM #1
Heavy snowfall forces Carling Cup cancellations
The first leg of both Carling Cup semifinals were postponed because of heavy snow and extreme weather in northern England.
Blackburn was due to host Aston Villa on Tuesday, while Manchester City was to play Manchester United on Wednesday.
While the Ewood Park and City of Manchester Stadium pitches were deemed playable, accessing the stadiums would have been dangerous due to the heavy snowfall and ice covering surrounding roads.
"We have had the kind of harsh weather unseen in this part of the world for years and years," City chief executive Garry Cook said. "We pursued every avenue possible in search of a solution and whilst the pitch is still playable, what was paramount in our thinking was the safety of fans travelling to and from the game especially in light of the sub-zero temperature forecast for Wednesday."
City's match against United will now take place on Jan. 19, the original date for the second leg, which is now scheduled for Jan. 27.
However, Stoke insisted that its home match against Fulham -- Tuesday's only Premier League fixture -- was going ahead after working to clear roads around the stadium.
Everton also cancelled a news conference Tuesday to mark the start of Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder Landon Donovan's three-month loan spell.
Meteorologist Stephen Davenport of the MeteoGroup said the country could be witnessing "one of the coldest winters of the last 100 years."