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Last remaining Scottish Cup replay falls to snow

Scottish Cup

Beith's Scottish Cup replay with Airdrie United has been called off due to overnight snow.

Annan and Threave announced on Friday afternoon that their third-round replays were postponed because of freezing temperatures.

However, the Scottish Football Association later said they were called off because foreign officials drafted in for the referees' strike withdrew.

The wintry weather has also claimed Sunday's ALBA Challenge Cup final.

That match was called off by the Scottish Football League at lunchtime on Saturday after consultation with the finalists, Queen of the South and Ross County, and the police.

A date has yet to be set for the rearranged final.

Maltese referee Christian Lautier was due to take charge of the match at Beith but will now take charge of Hibernian v St Johnstone in the Scottish Premier League.

"Due to the withdrawal of match officials, this weekend's Irn Bru First Division match between Greenock Morton and Falkirk, and the Scottish Cup third-round replays Threave Rovers v Stenhousemuir and Annan Athletic v Brechin City, have been postponed," said the SFA website.

The SFA had hoped to provide officials for all the Scottish Cup ties despite Scotland's top referees protesting at what they see as recent excessive criticism of their performances.

Officials from Portugal, Luxembourg, Israel and Malta answered the SFA's call for help, but three sets of Polish officials decided on Friday morning against officiating at weekend games and two of the four Portuguese officials have returned home.

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