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PremierLeague-News.Com - Referee Steven McLean decided the fixture could not go ahead after a sustained downpour made the artificial surface unplayable.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Aberdeen's Premiership clash at Livingston suffered a late call off for the second time in a fortnight last night after the PLAYERS decided conditions were unsafe. Referee Steven McLean pulled the plug on the fixture at a sodden Tony Macaroni Arena following a second pitch inspection after the warm-ups. Incessant rain on top of melted snow meant conditions had deteriorated severely in the hour leading up to the scheduled 7.45pm kick-off. Dons boss Derek McInnes admitted he was frustrated but absolved Livi of any blame admitting the weather had “caught us out”. And referee Steven McLean revealed it was senior players from both sides that had alerted him to their concerns. He said: “When we arrived at the ground two hours before kick-off and at that point the pitch was playable. (Image: SNS Group) “Weather conditions then deteriorated and during the warm-up players from both sides reported that they felt the pitch was unsafe and they had problems with their footing. “I spoke to both clubs and told them I’d conduct a pitch inspection after the warm-up so I had the whole surface to look at. “We did that and had a conversation with both clubs and we agreed the pitch was unsafe to start the match. “It’s the last thing we wanted to do but player safety is the main priority. “It’s important that they have input on that. The pitch had deteriorated and was unsafe.” Aberdeen were looking to close the gap on second placed Celtic to two points against a Livi side who hadn’t beaten them since 2004. But McInnes said: “I think the referee, quite cleverly, has gone round the senior players, ones that he’s known for a long time, and asked their opinions. “Managers can influence these things and we’re all keen to get the game moving. “But the players expressed concerns. “The referee asked the players if the players thought the pitch was unsafe and dangerous and the consensus was that it was.” This clash had been rescheduled after being frozen off two weeks earlier. Read More Related Articles Livingston and Aberdeen suffer late call off as pitch fails last minute inspection But conditions underfoot weren’t a great deal better this time with the saturated plastic surface requiring ground staff to hunt out the brooms as the players warmed-up. Referee McLean conducted a 10-minute inspection with fourth official Graham Grainger just moments before the scheduled 7.45pm kick-off. And McInnes said: “When we were first travelling down there was no thought the game was ever in doubt. “This has caught us out. “When my staff went out for the warm-up that’s when they expressed concern about the water on the pitch. “I can understand that - it looks dangerous, the amount of water on the pitch is unusual.
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. The only debate we had is whether we started the game, delayed the game but the forecast was to remain like that all night. “When you’re walking across it it’s far easier to see the water on it. The groundsmen were sweeping it but once the game starts they obviously can’t do that. It was just going to get worse. “It’s a real frustration that we’ve come down for a second time but there’s no blame on Livingston here. We’ve just been caught out.” (Image: SNS Group) Livi boss David Martindale insists his players were ready to start the match and see how conditions prevailed. The Lions were looking to stretch their winning run to nine games and close the gap on third placed Aberdeen to six points. Livingston now face back to back clashes with champions Celtic as the backlog of fixtures for both clubs grows. And Martindale said: “I had concerns too for the players’ safety but I was quite keen to start the game and see how it went. “I can understand all parties but I’m gutted, the boys are gutted, we are all gutted. It’s a bit of a kick when you’ve been preparing all week for a football match and it doesn’t get played. “I think Aberdeen players had concerns but the majority of Livingston players were sitting saying they wanted to try and get the game played. “We have got the benefit of playing on this pitch and training on it too when it’s been similar. Aberdeen haven’t got that but I understand all parties. “The park was perfect up until 6pm.
Transfer news LIVE as Celtic and Rangers plus Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibs eye signings “There’s not much any of us could have done.” Asked if there was an issue with the Almondvale drainage Martindale added: “What you’ve got under the park is basically a road made of tarmac and asphalt which is porous. “There’s thousands of small holes and it’s easy for it to get frozen and that’s what the rain’s got to get through to drain. I’m assuming there are still parts of the tarmac frozen but I don’t know.” The games are piling up for Aberdeen too with McInnes suggesting the Scottish Cup weekend at the end of this month was the first opportunity to reschedule. He said: “It was tough to get this game in the calendar as both of us are games behind others time. That’s the only time I can think of but I haven’t looked at things in depth. “The only other date prior, to the Scottish Cup date being cancelled, was maybe sometime late in February. But hopefully Scottish Cup weekend might be an option as we’re keen to get it played.”
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