Referee Peter Bankes felt there was little option other than to call the Burnley vs Tottenham Premier League game off amid heavy snow.
The decision to abandon the game was made at around 1pm with the match officials waiting for Spurs to arrive with Antonio Conte's side delayed in their journey from Manchester where they had stayed overnight.
The ref wanted to consult with both managers about the decision before making a final call and all were in agreement that postponing the match was the only sensible decision.
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"We arrived here about two and a half hours before kick off, about 30 minutes before kick off the thickness of the snow had gathered when we did our checks," said Bankes.
"We then asked the club officials to do was sweep the snow, they worked as hard as they possibly could, within about 10 minutes of clearing the snow was back on the field.
"We've done the ball roll, we've done everything we can, there was a lot of snow gathering on the football.
"And I think the best thing to do was call the game off, which we did do having spoken to both managers.
"The safety is the primary focus for us, there is also the element of farce, there was an opportunity to stop the game every 15 minutes which wouldn't have been good for the spectacle.
"We still had the issue of supporters coming into the stadium and hour and a half before which was unfortunate and obviously the snow has come down very heavy, very quickly.
"But both managers were in agreement that it wouldn't be good for the spectacle or the supporters.
"The players would probably have difficulty in this weather and the best decision is to call the game off."
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