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Buddies v Dons just had to go.

Byline: DAVID RINALDI

ST MIRREN general manager Brian Caldwell last night backed Strathclyde Police's late decision to call off the clash with Aberdeen.

The cops pulled the plug on the game at 12.30pm yesterday due to hazardous road conditions in and around Paisley despite ref Willie Collum giving the match the all-clear.

The playing surface was deemed playable but heavy morning snowfall saw police postpone the clash in the interests of supporter safety.

Hundreds of Aberdeen fans were already en route from the north-east when the decision was made and Caldwell expressed his sympathy for fans but stressed it was the right call.

He said: "We've been in regular contact with Aberdeen and even at 8am our groundsman checked the pitch and it was fine.

"There was then more heavy snow so we called the ref out early to inspect the pitch and Willie Collum felt it was playable.

"However, the police took the decision based on the weather forecast in the interests of the supporters considering the distance Aberdeen's fans have to travel.

"We do not want anyone putting their lives in danger.

"Had we been playing someone local such as Hamilton there may have been scope for the game to go ahead."

The Highland League card was wiped out along with both Scottish Junior Cup games.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 27, 2009
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