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Twelve Scottish matches postponed

Referee Dougie McDonald (2nd from right) looks over the Pittodrie pitch
Referee Dougie McDonald (2nd from right) looks over the pitch at Pittodrie

Hamilton v Dundee United in the Scottish Premier League was postponed 15 minutes before kick-off as freezing weather forced 12 Scottish games off.

Forfar Athletic's Third Division match against Berwick Rangers was first to fail a Saturday inspection at 1000 GMT.

Ayr and Queen of the South in the First Division and the Division Three matches at Annan, East Stirlingshire, Elgin and Forfar were called off later.

All of the matches in Division Two succumbed to the freezing temperatures.

Elgin City against Stranraer was also postponed close to kick-off, but Dundee United manager Craig Levein was not disputing the decision made at Hamilton's New Douglas Park.

"It was actually quite deep, the snow, he said. "The ball wasn't running without gathering snow on it.

I thought the referees had a good game actually!

Dundee United manager Craig Levein

"The forecast was snow for two hours. It doesn't take a genius to work out that maybe it was the right decision."

Levein, who has had his run-in with officials in the past, joked: "I thought the referees had a good game actually!

"We're laughing about it, but there wasn't any snow at half-past.

"I came back down the tunnel at quarter-to and I couldn't believe it."

Levein was hoping to see his side make amends for Tuesday's 3-0 home defeat to Rangers.

"It was a great opportunity for us to get Tuesday out of our system and that's the biggest disappointment for me," he said.

"I senses a real keenness from the players to atone for their disappointing display."

POSTPONED GAMES (SATURDAY UNLESS STATED)

Scottish Premier League

Hamilton v Dundee United

Division One

Ayr United v Partick Thistle

Queen of the South v Raith Rovers

Division Two

Cowdenbeath v Arbroath

Dumbarton v Alloa Athletic

East Fife v Brechin City

Peterhead v Clyde

Stirling Albion v Stenhousemuir

Division Three

Annan Athletic v Livingston

East Stirlingshire v Albion Rovers

Forfar Athletic v Berwick Rangers

Elgin City v Stranraer



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see also
Winter snow causes postponements
19 Dec 09 |  Football
SPL rules out winter break return
18 Dec 09 |  Scottish Premier


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