Brighton & Hove Albion P-P Cardiff City

Fog at the Amex Stadium
The fog caused the postponement of the game less than two hours before kick-off

Friday's Championship game between leaders Brighton & Hove Albion and Cardiff City has been postponed because of heavy fog.

Both clubs and referee Chris Kavanagh agreed the game should be called off at 18:00 GMT, after three inspections.

The late decision was likely to have affected Cardiff fans travelling to the south coast for the 19:45 kick-off.

"Player and spectator safety has to be paramount," Albion chief executive Paul Barber told BBC Sussex.

"In terms of looking at the situation for the players and the fans, it was in everyone's best interests.

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Brighton CEO Paul Barber on match postponement

"Chris [Hughton - Brighton manager] thinks it's the right decision as do Cardiff's coaches as well."

Match official Kavanagh said he was left with little choice but to call off the match at short notice.

"The conditions have got worse. In the centre of the field it's difficult to see the assistant referee on the nearside," he added.

"If I've paid money I want to see the game and from different vantage points in the crowd it's difficult to see the pitch."

Brighton can be overtaken at the top if second-placed Newcastle beat Nottingham Forest at home.

It is not yet known when the re-arranged fixture will take place.

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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