Football

Published: Thursday February 13, 2014 MYT 5:22:02 AM
Updated: Thursday February 13, 2014 MYT 5:22:02 AM

Man City vs. Sunderland, Everton vs. Palace off

Police officers hold on to their hats as they walk by a programme booth blown over in high winds before Manchester City's Premier League match against Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Police officers hold on to their hats as they walk by a programme booth blown over in high winds before Manchester City's Premier League match against Sunderland at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, February 12, 2014. REUTERS/Darren Staples

LONDON (Reuters) - Third-placed Manchester City's home Premier League game with third from bottom Sunderland was called off on Wednesday because of strong winds and Everton's clash with Crystal Palace was also postponed.

"Manchester City can confirm this evening's fixture versus Sunderland has been postponed due to exceptional and escalating weather conditions," the club said on their official Twitter feed.

"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."

Sixth-placed Everton were due to play Palace, in 15th, but the Goodison Park fixture was postponed for safety reasons.

"Tonight's game has been called off due to building damage which has led to safety concerns," the club said on their Twitter feed.

(This version of the story was refiled to correct the headline)

(Writing by Toby Davis; editing by Tony Jimenez)

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