Man City - Man Utd Carling Cup tie postponed
Published 05/01/2010 | 14:33
Manchester City's Carling Cup semi-final against Manchester United has fallen victim to the Arctic weather conditions.
Senior City officials held talks with Greater Manchester Police, the Manchester Safety Advisory Committee and the Football League due to the adverse weather affecting the City of Manchester Stadium and surrounding area.
With over six inches of snow falling on central Manchester overnight and this morning, City had been forced to close the ticket office and club megastore due to the inability of staff to make their way in to work.
And with ice lying beneath the snow, the car parks at Eastlands are deemed unsafe for use. Walkways towards the stadium are also treacherous.
A further complication which had left the United game in doubt, which was a 48,000 sell-out, was the computerised turnstiles at Eastlands were frozen, a problem the club have been unable to resolve.
Although the playing surface at the stadium is free of snow and perfectly playable, safety issues outside the ground were of main concern to the club and authorities.
Conditions were also expected to deteriorate with local weather forecasts suggesting that temperatures could fall to as low as minus 5 degrees tomorrow.
The tie will now take place on January 19, which was originally the date for the second leg. That match will now take place on Wednesday, January 27.
Blackburn's semi-final first leg against Aston Villa, due to take place tonight, was earlier postponed because of the weather.