Aston Villa’s match against Burnley on Saturday was postponed a few hours before kick-off as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to ravage the Premier League.
The confrontation at Villa Park became the latest match to be called off as clubs are exposed to the changing shocks of COVID-19 Omicron in the UK.
Villa released a statement on Saturday saying: “Aston Villa can confirm that today’s Premier League match with Burnley has been postponed due to the increased amount of positive COVID-19 test results within our squad.
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“The results of the PCR tests, which were taken yesterday before training as well as the lateral flow tests, were received this morning and confirmed the exhaustion of our play team which was already affected on our trip to Norwich in the middle of the week.
“All individuals who have tested positive are now being isolated in line with Premier League and government guidance and protocols.
“The club deeply regrets the inconvenience caused to Burnley Football Club, both our fans and Burnley fans, for attending the match but they acted as quickly as possible this morning to minimize the disruption.”
The match was scheduled to kick off at 3pm UK time but the postponement was announced only a few hours before.
Burnley chairman Alan Pace, the former chief executive of Real Salt Lake, wrote on Twitter: “Extremely disappointed like all of you that today’s game has been postponed.
Very frustrated like all of you for the postponement of today’s match. I know many of you, like me, have made the trip to a villa and are now facing the long journey back home. I ask all players, officials and spectators to stay safe. https://t.co/DuFQgz3iSq
– Alan Pace (@AlanPaceBFC) December 18 2021
“I know many of you, like me, are going to make the trip to Villa and now face the long journey back home. I ask all players, officials and spectators to stay safe.”
It is the sixth match to be canceled this weekend after Manchester United vs Brighton, Southampton vs Brentford, Watford vs Crystal Palace, West Ham United vs Norwich City and Everton vs Leicester were postponed.
The Premier League also issued a statement about the postponement saying: “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 not having enough players for the club to form a team. .
“This decision was based on the number of coronavirus cases, injuries and illness. The League understands that a decision to postpone the match at such short notice would disappoint and disappoint the fans, and apologizes for the inconvenience and disruption caused.
“The remaining four Premier League matches scheduled for this weekend are currently scheduled to continue as planned.
“The Board is assessing requests to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on current rules and COVID-19 postponement guidelines issued to all clubs.”