Seven matches which were postponed under bizarre circumstances including eclipse

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Tottenham’s game at Burnley was canceled on Sunday because thick snow at Turf Moor made play impossible.

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Very few Premier League games get postponed these days but SunSport has unearthed seven of the most famous cancellations in history.

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Burnley vs Tottenham on Sunday was canceled due to heavy snowfall at Turf Moorcredit: getty

There have been some weird and scary reasons that matches had to be pushed back and some downright weird.

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And here are the top seven…

burnley blizzard

Images taken from the ground showed a blizzard-like situation, but usually in Sean Dyke fashion, he stood without a jacket to referee Peter Banks.

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Kick-off was originally scheduled for 2 p.m., with a frantic shoveling attempt to clear snow from the pitch.

According to Sky Sports, Antonio Conte & Co arrived on the field and went directly to a meeting with officials to see if the game would go ahead.

And they quickly came to the conclusion that the match would be postponed.

Despite the players and fans reaching the ground, the officials covered the pitch and the officials closed it.

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Despite the players and fans reaching the ground, the officials covered the pitch and the officials closed it.credit: Rex


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Torque Eclipse 1999

Solar eclipses are extremely rare and scientists usually know they are coming in advance.

But officials at Torquay United didn’t get the memo just before the turn of the millennium.

Devonshire Police were forced to cancel their League Cup match against Portsmouth as they expected a pile of tourists to disembark.

The rescheduled fixture ended 0-0, so it was probably best that Eclipse took priority.

A solar eclipse in 1999 saw the postponement of Torquay's League Cup fixture versus Portsmouth

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A solar eclipse in 1999 saw the postponement of Torquay’s League Cup fixture versus Portsmouthcredit: PA: Press Association

old trafford bombing

A more sinister postponement came at Old Trafford in 2016.

Manchester United were preparing to play Bournemouth in the final game of the season when There were reports of a suspicious package being left in the toilets.

The match was immediately canceled and the entire stadium was evacuated.

It was the first time a top flight game in England had been postponed for 24 years on security grounds.

The package was eventually described as an ‘incredibly lifelike explosive device’ from a training exercise, but it was not an actual bomb.

A bomb threat at Old Trafford on the final day of the 2015–16 season forced Man Utd's game against Bournemouth to be postponed

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A bomb threat at Old Trafford on the final day of the 2015–16 season forced Man Utd’s game against Bournemouth to be postponedcredit: PA: Press Association

Middlesbrough flu crisis

Tottenham fans still lament about the ‘lasagne-gate’ in 2006, when they lost to West Ham on the last day of the season and missed out on Champions League places to rivals Arsenal.

There were a few cases of food poisoning within the squad but they were unable to come out.

The same could not be said for Middlesbrough in 1997 when the flu broke out in Brian Robson’s squad.

24 hours before Blackburn was due to play, the club reported that the inter-squad pandemic meant they could not muster the 16 fit players needed to complete the fixture.

The game did not proceed and Teesiders were fined £500,000 and docked three points.

They were dropped by two points at the end of the season. Aks.

Middlesbrough was docked three points when the flu in the squad meant they could not play the game against Blackburn.

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Middlesbrough was docked three points when the flu in the squad meant they could not play the game against Blackburn.credit: getty

From Cheese Show Clash

Surely this can only happen in England?

In 2015, From Town postponed a match against Chippenham Town so that it would not conflict with the infamous local cheese show.

Tens of thousands of people attend the Dairy Party each year which is much more than Frome’s 3,000 capacity crowd.

A cheese show once took precedence over From Town's game against Chippenham

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A cheese show once took precedence over From Town’s game against Chippenhamcredit: Alamy

Madonna made Marseille the Maddy

Now Madonna is in no way to blame, although it is one of the more intriguing reasons to move a football match.

In 2009, the superstar singer was set to play a show at Om’s Stade Velodrome.

But the giant stage collapsed earlier and a subsequent police investigation meant the Ligue 1 giants could not play their second game of the season.

A Madonna concert once prevented Marseille from playing home matches

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A Madonna concert once prevented Marseille from playing home matchescredit: AFP
Stage collapses ahead of gig, delaying fixture

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Stage collapses ahead of gig, delaying fixturecredit: AFP

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lights off in tallinn

This one is weird.

Scotland traveled to Estonia in 1996 for a World Cup qualifier.

But when they arrived, visitors complained that the floodlights were not bright enough.

FIFA initially moved the game from 6:45 pm to 3 pm to allow for more natural light.

The domestic side was furious due to the loss of TV revenue.

And in a stranger turn of events, the referee abandoned the match after just three seconds.

Scotland's game in Estonia was abandoned in 1996 due to bad light.

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Scotland’s game in Estonia was abandoned in 1996 due to bad light.credit: scottish news and sports

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