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Accies to complain over cancellation

Hamilton Academical are to complain to the Scottish Premier League over the late postponement of their game at Dundee United on Wednesday evening.

Referee Willie Collum eventually called off the game a couple of hours before kick-off after heavy rain in the area over the previous 24 hours.

"There is no criticism at all of Dundee United or the referee here," Accies secretary Scott Struthers told Hamilton's official website. "United were open and honest with us all day - we knew there was a grave doubt at lunchtime.

"Our gripe is that this inspection could and should have been, ideally, a couple of hours earlier. If we know at lunchtime that there are serious doubts, and the forecast is for heavy rain after 6pm, and United themselves weren't overly optimistic, and they know the pitch, then an inspection should have been earlier.

"At lunchtime, we formally requested an inspection no later than 3.30pm, but the SPL rejected that request instantly. That disappointed us," he added. "By delaying to 5.30pm, when our team were more than halfway there, and our fans had also set off, was far from ideal in the circumstances. We shall be writing to the SPL further on the matter."

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Date:Thursday February 17 2011

Time: 11:36AM


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