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Sunderland v Reading postponed

Sunderland's Premier League match against Reading at the Stadium of Light has been called off today due to a waterlogged pitch, the Royals said on their Twitter feed.

Referee Neil Swarbrick postponed the fixture at around 13.40 BST after several inspections, with managers Martin O'Neill and Brian McDermott both having viewed the playing surface for themselves.

Rain had been falling all morning and with no sign of a break in the weather, Mr Swarbrick took his decision, it is understood with the support of the managers.

"As soon as we arrived there was concern about the pitch, we were called by the groundsmen and the management staff to have a look at it," the referee told Sky Sports. "Straight away we could see there was standing water on the pitch. It has been raining all night and all this morning. We have looked at numerous weather forecasts and they are all saying persistent rain until at least seven, eight nine o'clock.

"The pools of water on the pitch have got larger and larger. We took a ball out there, tried rolling it, bouncing it but there was no movement of the ball at all especially down both the flanks. On player safety and the game as a spectacle it would be farcical if we did try and start it."


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