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Boxing Day announcement- Now 14th Premier League game postponed

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Breaking news on Boxing Day afternoon, sees we now have yet another Premier League match that has been called off.

It is the fourteenth Premier League game (full list of them below) this season / month to fall victim to Covid cases amongst players and staff at clubs.

The official Premier League announcement (see below) on Boxing Day afternoon, seeing Leeds v Aston Villa postponed, a game that was due to be played on Tuesday (28 December).

Leeds had already successfully got their match at Liverpool postponed, which had been due to be played today.

For Newcastle United and others, there is now a very unbalanced look towards the bottom of the table it comes to how many games will and won’t have been played.

This is the current Premier League table before the (surviving) Boxing Day matches are played:

Premier League Table 22 December 2021

When you take into account the 14 Premier League matches called off already, including this Leeds v Aston Villa one which is part of the 20th round of PL games, you currently have a situation where after Newcastle have played Man Utd on the 27th and away to Everton on the 30th December, you could / would have a situation where Newcastle will have played 20 matches, whilst Burnley and Watford will have played three less, plus Brighton, Everton, Leeds and Brentford would have all played two less than NUFC.

Of course, if further games are called off, there is then the potential for 2022 to arrive with Newcastle United having played as many as four games more than the likes of Watford and Burnley.

The 14 Premier League games cancelled so far:

Sunday 12 December

Brighton v Tottenham

Tuesday 14 December

Brentford v Man Utd

Wednesday 15 December

Burnley v Watford

Thursday 16 December

Leicester v Tottenham

Saturday 18 December

Aston Villa v Burnley

Man Utd v Brighton

Southampton v Brentford

Watford v Crystal Palace

West Ham v Norwich

Sunday 19 December

Everton v Leicester

Sunday 26 December

Burnley v Everton

Liverpool v Leeds

Wolves v Watford

Tuesday 28 December

Leeds v Aston Villa

Premier League official announcement – 26 December 2021:

‘Following a request from Leeds United, the Premier League Board met today and regrettably agreed to postpone the club’s home fixture against Aston Villa, due to be played at 17:30 GMT on Tuesday 28 December.

The Board was able to make its decision in advance of the match to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters’ festive plans.

The postponement is a result of the ongoing COVID-19 cases and injuries at Leeds which saw their Boxing Day match against Liverpool called off. The Board accepted the postponement application as the club does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper).

The League is aware that the decisions this week to postpone matches will disappoint supporters, and understands their frustrations at a special time of year when fans look forward to attending and watching football games.

The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority. Where possible, the League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if matches become at risk on a matchday.

The Board assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and adapted COVID-19 postponement guidance, implemented in light of the new Omicron variant.

The Board will assess a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club; and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match.

The Board must also consider the wider risks to the opposition and other people the club representatives may come into contact with. Click here to read more on the Premier League’s match postponement process.

While recognising a number of clubs are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, it is the clubs’ and the League’s collective intention to continue the current fixture schedule where safely possible.

The health and wellbeing of all concerned remains our priority and the League will continue to monitor and reflect public health guidance, always proceeding with caution.

In light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced Emergency Measures. These include protocols such as more frequent testing, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time.’

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