Burnley vs Watford called off just two and a half hours before kick-off due to COVID outbreak

Burnley’s match against Watford has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The match, which was scheduled to take place on Wednesday evening, was postponed just two and a half hours before kick-off.

A Burnley statement read: “We can confirm that tonight’s match against Watford has been postponed due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak within the opponents.”

A Premier League statement read: “The Premier League board has, with regret, postponed the Burnley team’s home match against Watford FC, scheduled for this evening (Wednesday 15 December) at 7.30pm.

“The decision was made based on guidance from medical advisors due to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within the Watford squad. As a result, the club has an insufficient number of first-team players available to complete the match.

“The Premier League understands that this decision will disappoint and disappoint fans who were due to attend this evening’s match and apologize for any inconvenience and disruption that occurred at such short notice.

“When considering any request for deferment, the Board considers a range of sports and medical factors. Each decision is made on a case-by-case basis with the utmost importance to everyone’s health.”

Tottenham’s match against Brighton at the weekend has been postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak while Manchester United’s trip to Brentford on Tuesday night has been cancelled.

Both managers said on Wednesday that Tottenham and Leicester had asked to postpone their match on Thursday night, but the Premier League had not agreed to that request.

There are currently a large number of positive COVID-19 cases in the Premier League. And the first division announced, on Monday, 42 new positive cases among players and staff – the highest weekly number since records began last May.

The Premier League has reinstated emergency measures for COVID-19 from last week.

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