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Page last updated at 20:04 GMT, Friday, 21 August 2009 21:04 UK

U2 gig forces Hampden match off

U2's Bono
U2 played Queen's Park's Hampden home on Tuesday evening

A U2 concert has forced the postponement of Saturday's Scottish Third Division game between Queen's Park and Albion Rovers.

The match referee decided on Friday afternoon that the pitch was unplayable following the Irish rock band's concert at Hampden Park on Tuesday evening.

Queen's Park say that a programme of works had been agreed with Hampden Park Limited's head groundsman.

But the match was postponed at lunch time before the works were completed.

"The Scottish Football League called a pitch inspection, which took place at 12.30pm on Friday 21st August, while the programme of works was only partially complete," said a statement on Queen's Park's website.

"At this time, the match referee declared the match cancelled.

"QPFC requested that a further inspection should take place at 6pm on Friday, when the programme of works was completed.

"However, we have been advised that the match referee declared the pitch unplayable and the fixture v Albion Rovers was cancelled at 1pm on Friday 21st August."

Albion Rovers' website stated: "Tomorrow's league match at Hampden against Queen's Park is off due to poor pitch conditions after the recent U2 gig."

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