x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Premier League games lose out to weather

Several top flight and second tier games have been called off due to the freezing cold conditions and concerns over safety.

Saturday's Premier League clash between Burnley and Stoke at Turf Moor has become the second top-flight fixture in England to fall victim to the freezing weather. The Clarets released a short statement confirming that the game had been postponed for safety reasons. Sunderland's clash with Bolton and Fulham's meeting with Portsmouth were also called off following recommendations from the City's Safety Advisory Group. Sunday's clash between Liverpool and Tottenham was also in doubt after the Anfield club recommended to the Premier League on police advice that the game be postponed. With many roads around the club's ground considered to be dangerous, they sought advice from the authorities and are now awaiting a response from the Premier League. A Liverpool spokesman said: "We will make an announcement as soon as the Premier League come back to us." The postponement of Saturday's Coca-Cola Championship fixtures between Middlesbrough and Swansea at the Riverside and QPR and Plymouth at Loftus road mean there are only four fixtures remaining in English football's second tier. lthornhill@thenational.ae