Reading 0-0 Fulham (Fog: match abandoned at half-time)

Reading keeper Ali Al-Habsi at times cut a lonely figure as he tried to track play at the Madejski Stadium
Reading keeper Ali Al-Habsi at times cut a lonely figure as he tried to track play at the Madejski Stadium

Reading's home Championship game with Fulham was abandoned at half-time because of fog.

Following a goalless first half in increasingly fogbound conditions at the Madejski Stadium, referee James Linington called off the game.

The match official had twice consulted with Reading and Fulham officials.

It was the second of Friday's four Championship fixtures to fall foul of the freezing fog, following Brighton's postponement against Cardiff City.

Much of the fog cleared during the interval and the second half looked set to take place. However, an announcement said that conditions outside the Madejski Stadium had deteriorated and the game had been abandoned.

Foggy Reading

Fulham had made the better start to the action that was possible, left-back Scott Malone venturing forward to send a low drive skidding wide.

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

Mr Linington ruled the conditions were fit to continue but, four minutes later, he again spoke with Jokanovic.

The game resumed, Fulham keeper David Button saving well from Callum Harriott in first-half stoppage time, before it was abandoned.

Reading manager Jaap Stam on Twitter

Reading assistant manager Andries Ulderink told BBC Radio Berkshire:

"In the first half a couple of times, the fog was very, very bad and you couldn't see the opposite sideline. So the linesman found it very difficult to make a decision on a couple of occasions, to call for an offside.

"He didn't want to take the risk to make a bad call or one that he couldn't see, so that's what made the referee's decision to call it off.

"When you look at how things were in the first half, it's the right decision. But, when we came out again after half-time, the weather had cleared up a bit.

"But, it's hard for the referee to know what will happen with the weather and I understand he has to make that call before both sides take the pitch again, so it's the right decision."

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic told BBC Radio London:

"The linesmen have explained they cannot guarantee doing their job and were not sure of what was happening on the other side of the pitch and they decided to cancel the game.

"It was not a decision that was in my hands. I am not involved in the making of this decision. But I can understand this decision.

"I am so sorry for our supporters. We are going to play another day and that's it."

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Match statistics

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Newcastle24171648192952
2Brighton23156238142451
3Reading2313463330343
4Leeds2413383124742
5Huddersfield2313372827142
6Sheff Wed2312472723440
7Derby2311662415939
8Fulham2399540281236
9Aston Villa2481152623335
10Barnsley2310494035534
11Birmingham239772730-334
12Norwich23103103837133
13Preston239593131032
14Ipswich248792427-331
15Brentford2385102930-129
16Wolves237793132-128
17Bristol City2483133132-127
18Nottm Forest2475123744-726
19Burton2467112633-725
20Cardiff2366112638-1224
21QPR2365122034-1423
22Blackburn2355132739-1220
23Wigan2346132030-1018
24Rotherham2434172552-2713
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