Date: 29th December 2009 at 8:05pm
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City Chief Executive David McNally has reacted angrily to suggestions from Walsall that pressure from Canary boss Paul Lambert lead to yesterday’s game at Walsall being postponed.

The game, which has now been rearranged for Tuesday 12th January (7.45pm), was called off less than an hour before kick-off yesterday, and the Saddlers released a statement shortly afterwards accusing Lambert of influencing referee Mark Hayward, and when announcing the rearrangement on their official website earlier today gave a more detailed account of events (which you can read here.

Responding to the second statement, McNally told canaries.co.uk:

‘Once again, we wish to point out the only person ultimately responsible for the decision to call off the match is the referee. Whether we agree with his decision or not is immaterial – the responsibility for deciding whether the fixture can go ahead is his and his alone.

‘We are surprised and disappointed that they appear to be questioning his professional integrity over this matter.

‘We are however pleased that Walsall have agreed to refund any supporters who purchased tickets for the postponed match who cannot attend the re-arranged fixture on January 12.

‘They had originally contacted us this morning to say they would not be paying any refunds to anyone, but have reversed their decision after we appealed to them to reconsider.’


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