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The ref on late call off

5 December 2012

Referee agonises over late call to abandon Bury cup clash

FOOTBALL-loving referee Gary Sutton apologised to fans after calling off tonight’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie between Bury and Preston an hour before kick-off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The match official initially gave the go-ahead for the area quarter-final to be played after an inspection of the Gigg Lane pitch at 6.15pm, but was forced to abandon it 30 minutes later after the heavens opened.

“I’ve come from Lincolnshire tonight, I haven’t come here to spoil somebody’s evening,” said Sutton.

“I’m a football lover as well and it probably would have made for a good cup tie, the conditions.

“But ultimately I’ve really got to consider whether the safety was going to be there and I think it was going to end up being a farce.”

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