Crystal Palace fans were left angry after their premier league game with Everton was called off due to severe weather conditions.
The away game was postponed after police were concerned about the safety of some nearby buildings in Goodison Road, just 35 minutes before kick off.
The late decision meant that an estimated 1,500 Crystal Palace fans were turned away from Goodison Park, only to face a long journey home. Several roads around the stadium had been closed due to high winds, causing heavy congestion for fans trying to leave.
Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish joined the fans in voicing his displeasure at the decision to postpone the game on Twitter. Parish tweeted: “What an absolute shambles, just got home, 7 hours in the car longer for the fans on the coaches!!”
Parish added: “Asked to delay kick off, to get fans coaches there, told there were no problems and no need to be delayed, 20 mins later games called off!”
However, Parish’s comments on Twitter received criticism from some fans. One Everton fan replied to the tweet saying: “Grow up will you, fans were at risk, the police called the match off not EFC. It’s not rocket science!”
It was the second game to be postponed after Manchester City and Sunderland F.C. was also called off on Wednesday due to heavy winds after the Met Office had issued ‘red-warnings’.