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Referee explains postponement

22 December 2012

Conditions underfoot and player safety were key to the referee's decision.

Torrential rain sweeping across the country has caused the postponement of this afternoon's game against Brighton & Hove Albion

Match referee Robert Madley inspected the pitch at 12.15pm and declared it unsafe and unplayable, as he explained exclusively to Radio Rovers and Rovers Player.

"Unfortunately we've had to call the game off today," said the referee.

"I got a phone call on my way over from (football secretary) Ian Silvester saying there could be a potential issue so we've gone out and had a look. The forecast going forward is just rain for the full afternoon. There's standing water on the pitch already and there's really nowhere for it to go.

"The last thing we want to do is to call games off but for the safety of the players it is a decision we have had to make.

"We wanted a game of football, Brighton have come a long way to discover the game is off, but we due have a duty of care to the players, and the fans, in weather like this.

"It is a shame but it is the correct decision."

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