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Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010

Severe cold affects PL schedule

LONDON (AP) Britain's deep freeze caused the cancellation of half of the weekend Premier League program due to concerns about safety around stadiums.

Four matches scheduled for Saturday — leader Chelsea's trip to Hull, Fulham against Portsmouth, Burnley vs. Stoke and Sunderland against Bolton — were postponed.

Wigan's home fixture against Aston Villa was also in doubt after the undersoil heating at DW Stadium failed on Friday evening. A pitch inspection will be held early Saturday.

Liverpool's match against Tottenham on Sunday was called off because of icy conditions on the roads outside Anfield.

"The advice from the statutory authorities in light of continuing adverse weather conditions was to postpone," the Premier League said on Friday in a statement. "Clearly the safety of supporters in these circumstances is paramount and the league and clubs have acted quickly to ensure as few unnecessary journeys are undertaken as possible."

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