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Saturday Premier League game called off 2 hours before kick-off!

1 month ago

Yet another Premier League match has been called off.

At 12.45pm on Saturday, the Premier League releasing an announcement (see below), saying that the Aston Villa v Burnley game has been postponed.

That game set to start at 3pm this afternoon, so only two hours notice to supporters of the two clubs.

This is shocking and surely whatever happens, they can’t be calling off games so close to matches and messing so many people about.

Sadly, I think that this is probably likely to tip the balance in terms of the Premier League announcing having a total break without any games, very soon. Another game called off so close to kick-off (Poor Burnley fans had less than three hours notice on Wednesday about Watford getting their match called off due to Covid cases, now it is Aston Villa Covid cases today) and it makes it 10 Premier League games in total so far postponed, which now includes six of the 10 PL matches due to be played this weekend.

Hopefully the Newcastle United v Manchester City match will still go ahead without any problems.

Premier League announcement – Saturday 18 December 2021 (at 12.45pm!):

‘Due to more positive cases in the Aston Villa squad today, the Premier League Board has regrettably had to postpone the club’s home fixture against Burnley, due to kick off at 15:00 GMT this afternoon.

After reviewing all the new information provided by Villa this morning and receiving separate medical advice, the Board approved the request as a result of the club not having enough players to field a team.

This decision was based on the number of COVID-19 cases, injuries and illness.

The League understands the decision to postpone the match at such short notice will frustrate and disappoint supporters, and apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused.

The remaining four Premier League matches due to be played this weekend are currently scheduled to proceed as planned.

The Board assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and COVID-19 postponement guidance issued to all clubs.

It 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.

With the health and wellbeing of all players and staff the priority, and 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


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