Wigan game off

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Saturday afternoon's Barclays Premier League game between Wigan and Aston Villa has been called off due to "freak weather conditions in the town overnight", the Latics have confirmed.

The north-west club issued a statement describing the surrounding conditions as "treacherous" and warning the match, scheduled to kick off at 1500 GMT at the DW Stadium, was in "serious doubt". They then confirmed the postponement was on the advice of Greater Manchester Police, citing "freak snow" as the reason.

A Wigan statement read: "Saturday's Barclays Premier League game between Wigan Athletic and Aston Villa at the DW Stadium has been called off after freak weather conditions in the town overnight."

The statement continued: "The decision was made on the advice of Superintendent Stuart Ellison of Greater Manchester Police, on safety grounds.

"Despite the club's best efforts by bringing in snow ploughs and gritters, the 10 inches of snow that fell overnight, and is still falling at the time of going to press, has made the surrounding area extremely hazardous for supporters travelling to the game.

"Public transport isn't running, there are motorway closures and the general condition of the surrounding routes is treacherous. The DW Stadium playing surface, ironically, is fine, with the undersoil heating doing its job, and the stadium is also okay.

"The club wants to apologise for the inconvenience this causes but the situation is beyond anyone's control. News of the postponement has been circulated as early as possible to all official news channels and news contacts. Club staff have also been unable to reach the stadium in order to send out text message alerts to Latics supporters."

In the npower Championship, Cardiff's match against Burnley fell foul of the latest big freeze on Friday night following heavy snowfall in south Wales.

The League One games at Rochdale, Walsall, Hartlepool, Leyton Orient, Yeovil, Brentford, Bristol Rovers, MK Dons and Swindon are also off, along with those at Bury, Accrington, Hereford, Cheltenham, Oxford, Aldershot, Port Vale and Crewe in League Two.

In Scotland, Hamilton's home game against Celtic became the fourth casualty in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League after the Rangers-St Mirren, Aberdeen-Motherwell and St Johnstone-Dundee United clashes were postponed on Friday.

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