FOOTBALL is being cancelled on Sandwell pitches this weekend in a bid to protect the playing surfaces for the rest of the season.

Sandwell Council has today announced that all football matches which were to be played on its pitches this Saturday (December 9) and Sunday (December 10) are cancelled due to the weather.

A council spokesman said: “Pitches are already wet and snow is forecast for tomorrow and the weekend.

“The decision has been taken to prevent the pitches from becoming churned up and unusable for future matches this season.”