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Carling Cup semis off because of snowfall

sports Updated: Jan 06, 2010 00:24 IST

The Carling Cup semifinal first leg between Manchester City and Manchester United at Eastlands on Wednesday evening has been postponed because of the bad weather.

The Manchester region saw heavy snowfall this morning and the game was called off today in order to avoid confusion on the match day. The tie will now take place on 19 January, which was originally the date for the second leg. That match will now take place on Wednesday, 27 January. United had been hoping to bounce back from their FA Cup defeat against Leeds United on Sunday but Sir Alex Ferguson will now have to wait until Saturday's game against Birmingham City at St Andrew's to see whether his players can regroup and keep the pressure on the Premier League leaders, Chelsea.

Manchester City's next game — and Roberto Mancini's fourth in charge — will now be against Blackburn Rovers at Eastlands on Monday. The club were today forced to close their ticket office and city centre shop due to the adverse conditions.