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Ref: I was spot on to call it off.

Craig Thomson defended his decision to abandon the QOS-Dundee United match at half-time.

The whistler consulted with players before deciding Palmerston's plastic pitch had frozen up in the first 45 minutes.

With the game locked at 0-0 Thomson took the decision without consulting Queens boss Gary Naysmith or United's Csaba Laszlo.

Tannadice midfielder John Rankin said: "He asked myself and Scott McDonald if the pitch had deteriorated and it had."

Fans booed the decision but Thomson said: "When we started the game the pitch was fine.

"There was a bit of give but during the course of the first half the pitch started to freeze and a number of players from both teams expressed concerns to me regarding turning.

"I had a chance to have a look at it at half-time and because it was only going to get worse my decision was for the safety of the players."

Queens boss Naysmith said: "When I walked in at half-time I never thought the game was in doubt so it caught us by surprise.

"When he took us in to tell us his decision he had already made it. If he thinks players' safety was a concern he's right to call it off."

United gaffer Laszlo said: "The referee made a decision and we have to accept it. The majority of my players heard the news and were very sad.

"But when you see how slippery it is there could have been some injuries and no one wants to have this."

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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 17, 2017
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