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Fog ends Reading-Fulham match early

AAP logoAAP 30/12/2016

Reading's English Championship match against visiting Fulham has been abandoned at halftime due to fog with the score locked at 0-0.

Referee James Linington had twice consulted with Reading and Fulham officials during the first half when conditions began to worsen Madejski Stadium.

Ironically, much of the fog had cleared during the interval and the second half looked set to take place.

However, an announcement said that conditions outside the stadium had deteriorated and the game had been abandoned.

It was Fulham who made the better start to the action that was possible and left-back Scott Malone ventured forward to send a low drive skidding wide.

With the fog getting worse in the 35th minute, especially at one end, referee Linington spoke to Reading manager Jaap Stam and Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic.

Linington ruled the conditions were fit to continue but, four minutes later, he again spoke with Jokanovic. Again, though, the game resumed.

Button saved well from Callum Harriott in first-half stoppage time but the game never made it much further.

Earlier, Brighton's home Championship match against Cardiff was called off due to thick fog.

Chris Hughton's Seagulls side would have secured top spot to end 2016 with victory but the postponement means Newcastle have the chance to return to the summit of the table.

Heavy fog on the south coast put the game in doubt and, less than two hours before the scheduled kickoff.

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