Rain cancels 100 Sheffield football games

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Heavy rain has forced about 100 football matches in Sheffield to be cancelled, prompting calls for more investment from the Premier League.

Sheffield City Council said the games had been postponed as it was unable to mark out pitches on waterlogged ground.

It comes in the week the Football Association described the state of council run pitches as "abhorrent".

Paul Billington, council director of culture and environment, said help was needed from the Premier League.

He said: "Players and ratepayers in Sheffield should be looking for a fairer share of the multi-billion pound sums in the game.

"If you look at the Premier League it has just signed a TV deal for £5.5bn and yet it gives one per cent of that income to investment in grassroots football, which is about £12m.

"To be fair to the Football Association they are recognising there's a larger issue here, which is there is substantial, unprecedented sums of money in football but barely any is percolating down to the grass roots.

"There's small amounts of capital investment, but there's nothing in terms of regular weekly and seasonal running costs, so something needs to change."

A council spokesperson said it hoped that fixtures planned for next weekend would go ahead if the weather improved.

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