LONDON: The adverse weather conditions have severely disrupted this week’s sporting schedule across Britain. Arsenal’s FA Cup fourth-round replay with Cardiff on Tuesday was the first high-profile football match postponed following Monday’s heavy snowfall. A number of Championship, League One and League Two matches are also off.
Race meetings have been abandoned at Lingfield, Wolverhampton and Southwell, where Tony McCoy’s was hoping for a 3,000th career win on Monday. McCoy has ridden 2,998 winners during a career in which he has been 13-times champion jockey.
The 34-year-old has been continually frustrated by abandonment over the past week and had been due to ride three times at Southwell in Nottinghamshire. Arsenal and Cardiff drew 0-0 in their meeting at Ninian Park last Sunday and a new date for the match is yet to be arranged.
In the Championship, Birmingham’s trip to Crystal Palace and Queen’s Park Rangers’ match against Swansea will have to be rescheduled. Three games have gone in League One – Carlisle v Hereford, Leyton Orient v Leeds and Millwall v Colchester. In League Two, Aldershot v Chesterfield, Dagenham & Redbridge v Bournemouth, Lincoln v Macclesfield, Luton v Grimsby and Notts County v Gillingham have all been postponed.
Inverurie Locos’ Scottish Cup match against Motherwell on Monday is, however, due to go ahead at the fifth time of asking. The amateur side’s Harlaw Park pitch passed an inspection, but the Scottish Football Association said it would monitor the situation throughout the day.
The fourth-round tie, which sees the winners host St Mirren on Saturday, has already been postponed four times. Monday’s League Two meeting between Bradford and Darlington and Hinckley United’s Blue Square North match against Droylsden are also still on.
With the Six Nations rugby union championship starting on Saturday, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will hope the snow clears as they put the final touches to their preparations. In rugby league, the new Super League season is due to start on Friday.
While The Premier League has agreed to extend the transfer deadline for clubs who cannot complete deals because of the weather conditions. The League said it would need e-mail confirmation from both teams to prove a deal had been agreed in principle.
It also needs to be satisfied that it was the weather that had prevented the transfer being completed. The Scottish Football Association and Football League say they have no plans to extend the transfer window. “We have not had any clubs indicate any problems, so at the moment there are no plans to extend the deadline.” A Football League spokesman said.-SANA