Manchester City v Sunderland postponed for safety reasons

Man City v Sunderland

Manchester City's Premier League home game against Sunderland on Wednesday was postponed because of high winds.

It came after the Met Office issued "red warnings" for north-west England and Wales, meaning there was a "risk to life" with widespread damage expected.

City released a statement saying the game was "postponed due to exceptional and escalating weather", adding the safety of fans could not be guaranteed.

"This decision has been made by the safety officer and police," it added.

"Both managers and the match officials understand and support this decision."

City would have returned to the top of the table had they beaten Sunderland, and Arsenal failed to beat Manchester United.

The match was called off just over an hour before the scheduled 19:45 GMT kick-off and Blues boss Manuel Pellegrini supported the decision.

"The safety of the City and Sunderland supporters is the most important thing," he added.

"We were ready to play this game but the well-being of the people coming to the Etihad Stadium is paramount."

City captain Vincent Kompany tweeted: "Game's called off! Make sure you get yourselves home and be safe, weather is terrible."

Many Sunderland fans had arrived at the ground before the game was postponed but Black Cats manager Gus Poyet understood the reasons behind the decision to call it off.

"There had been too many incidents around the stadium and it would have been very difficult to maintain the security in terms of the fans and the approaches to the ground," he said.

"You can't really start delaying the kick-off with the danger of things getting worse, there were things flying around the stadium."

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chelsea26176348212757
2Arsenal26175448262256
3Man City25173568274154
4Liverpool26165566323453
5Tottenham2615563632450
6Everton25129437261145
7Man Utd26126841311042
8Southampton2610973729839
9Newcastle26114113238-637
10Swansea2677123336-328
11West Ham2677122833-528
12Aston Villa2677122736-928
13Hull2676132531-627
14Stoke2669112741-1427
15Crystal Palace2582151834-1626
16Norwich2667131939-2025
17West Brom26412103038-824
18Sunderland2566132538-1324
19Cardiff2657141944-2522
20Fulham2662182658-3220
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