x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 16 January 2018

Snow wipes out four Premier League games

Arsenal and Liverpool's games among those called off as conditions make it too hazardous for fans to attend many matches across England.

LONDON // A blast of heavy snow wiped out most of the Premier League program on Saturday, with the conditions making it too hazardous for fans to attend many matches across England.

Arsenal's home match against Stoke and Liverpool's meeting with Fulham at Anfield were among the four matches that fell victim to the big freeze.

With Birmingham-Newcastle and Wigan-Aston Villa also postponed, only Sunderland's meeting with Bolton and Blackburn's match against West Ham were made possible.

In north London, Arsenal said three inches 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 was also a huge deluge in Liverpool, with the club saying that "the conditions around the stadium and further afield for people traveling to the match" made it too dangerous to allow the Anfield match to go ahead.

Liverpool and Wigan said their pitches would have been playable.

Wigan said 10 inches of snow fell overnight in the town, meaning "public transport isn't running, there are motorway closures and the general condition of the surrounding routes is treacherous."

Birmingham cited "health and safety grounds" for the decision to call off its home match against Newcastle, saying that roads around the stadium were unsafe.