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Games at Manchester City and Everton called off

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The Premier League match between Manchester City and Sunderland was called off due to Wednesday's adverse weather conditions.

City captain Vincent Kompany announced the decision on his official Twitter account just over an hour before kick-off.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed the match had fallen victim to the severe weather which has battered the north west of England

A statement from City read: "Manchester City can confirm that this evening's fixture versus Sunderland has been postponed due to exceptional and escalating weather.

"The safety of those in around and travelling to the stadium complex cannot be guaranteed. This decision has been made by the Safety Officer and Greater Manchester Police. Both managers and the match officials understand and support this decision."

Elsewhere, Everton announced their home game with Crystal Palace also fell foul of the weather after strong wind caused damage to their Goodison Park stadium.

Merseyside Police also confirmed the cancellation:

Kick off between Stoke and Swansea was pushed back as the Britannia Stadium pitch underwent several pitch inspections - but ultimately the match survived.

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