Premier League call off 2 more games – Now 12 in total
We now have another two Premier League matches that have been called off.
Thursday afternoon seeing the pair of games postponed.
They were both due to be played on Boxing Day but now are delayed until a future date.
Leeds and Watford requesting the postponements due to Covid outbreaks, so Wolves v Watford and Liverpool v Leeds are no longer going ahead on Sunday.
That makes it 12 Premier League games (details below) in total that have now been postponed so far this season due to Covid.
The good news for Newcastle United was that on Thursday morning, Eddie Howe revealed that as things currently stand, there are no positive cases at NUFC.
The game on Monday set to go ahead as Manchester United players have now returned to training.
Premier League announcement – Thursday 23 December 2021:
‘Following postponement requests from Leeds United and Watford as a result of COVID-19, the Premier League Board met this morning and regrettably agreed to call off the two affected clubs’ Boxing Day fixtures.
The two matches are Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford and Liverpool v Leeds United, both due to be played on Sunday at 12:30 GMT.
The Board today was able to make its decisions in advance of Boxing Day to give clarity to clubs and their supporters. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to those fans’ festive plans.
The League is aware that the decision to postpone these two 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 the priority. The League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if matches become at risk on a matchday.
The Board concluded that Leeds will not be able to fulfil their fixture this weekend due to the number of players with COVID-19, injuries and illness. The club’s training ground has also been closed after consultation with the UK Health Security Agency and the Premier League.
Watford continue to have an insufficient number of players to field a team after their match against Crystal Palace last Saturday was postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak.
Due to players coming out of isolation, it is fully expected Watford will be available for their fixture on Tuesday 28 December, against West Ham United.
The Board assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and adapted COVID-19 postponement guidance introduced to clubs 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.
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.’
The 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
Liverpool v Leeds
Wolves v Watford
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