Snow forces Gunners to postpone FA Cup replay

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Arsenal's fourth-round FA Cup replay with Cardiff City scheduled to be played tonight at the Emirates fell foul of the heavy snow that is blanketing London when police yesterday decided to postpone the match. Anticipated travel problems meant that the game could not go ahead. The Gunners announced that the match will now be played on Monday 16 February which is the weekend of the fifth-round fixtures and therefore the match between either Arsenal or Cardiff and West Bromwich or Burnley scheduled for that weekend will be put back.

There are five other fourth-round replays scheduled for tonight and tomorrow including Everton at home to Liverpool tomorrow, which must be doubtful to take place because of the weather. The Football League has also been hit by the weather with the postponement of tonight's Championship games between Crystal Palace and Birmingham and QPR and Swansea. In League One Leyton Orient v Leeds, Millwall v Colchester, Carlisle v Hereford, Oldham v Bristol Rovers have all been called off as have Dagenham v Bournemouth, Aldershot v Chesterfield, Lincoln v Macclesfield, Luton v Grimsby and Notts County v Gillingham in League Two. Last night's Bradford v Darlington match in League Two was also called off.

In racing, Tony McCoy's hopes of riding his 3,000th winner over jumps were again put on hold after yesterday's card at Southwell was abandoned, with the "all-weather" meeting at Wolverhampton also falling to snow. There was no racing anywhere in Britain. Today only the card on Southwell's artificial surface is likely to go ahead. Sedgefield inspect at 7.30am, but have snow on the track. Tomorrow's turf meetings at Ludlow and Carlisle are likely to be called off at some point today.