Today's Premier League clash between Pompey and Birmingham City at Fratton Park has been called off because of a waterlogged pitch.
The decision was made following a 10am inspection by the referee and his assistants after heavy overnight rain which carried on through the morning.
Match referee Anthony Taylor said: “The following four factors have been taken into account: the safety of the players, the safety of the match officials, if we start the game can we finish it, if we start will periods of the game descend into farce.
“While every effort has been made by the club to ensure the game went ahead, the weather conditions were paramount in the decision.
“I have concluded that the conditions are not conducive for the game to go ahead.”
The pitch was deemed unplayable because of areas of water near the touchline on either side of the pitch which officials felt would not improve significantly by kick-off even without further rainfall.
Blues’ head of operations Lucius Peart said: “We called the officials in to inspect because there were a couple of areas of the pitch we were concerned about.
“There are several patches of water on the pitch which will not drain away.
“We’ve had very heavy rain here which has come on top of the meltwater from all the recent snow and ice.
“The pitch normally drains very well but it was hampered by what we believe to be frost deep in the pitch which is affecting the drainage system.
"We're really disappointed that we've had to postpone the game, especially after the magnificent effort by supporters on Wednesday to clear the stadium and its surrounds of snow and ice. But unfortunately the elements have beaten us."
Supporters are reminded that tickets for the game are valid for when the fixture is rescheduled.