Watford’s Premier League match against Burnley on Wednesday evening was postponed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 among the visiting team.
A statement from the Premier League said Watford were unable to complete the match due to an insufficient number of first-team players available.
The match is the second in the Premier League to be called off this week, after Manchester United’s visit to Brentford on Tuesday was postponed.
A statement issued by the Premier League on Wednesday evening read: “The Premier League’s board of directors has, with regret, postponed the Burnley home match against Watford, scheduled for this evening (Wednesday 15 December) at 7.30pm.
“The decision was made following guidance from medical advisors due to the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak within the Watford squad. As a result, the club does not have a sufficient number of first-team players available to get the match done.
“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 everyone’s health being of the utmost importance.
“In light of the recent surge in Covid-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced emergency measures. These include protocols such as frequent screening, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time.”
The decision comes on the same day Brendan Rodgers criticized the Premier League for refusing to postpone Leicester’s match against Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday.
Rodgers said Leicester will be without nine players due to a combination of coronavirus cases and injuries during the visit of Tottenham, who are returning to action after missing their last two games due to their Covid outbreak.
Tottenham manager Antonio Conte has revealed that Tottenham have asked the Premier League to postpone the match, so they can play the Europa League match with Rennes that was postponed last week.
Asked if the club had asked for a postponement, Rodgers said: “Yes, we’ve looked into it. Unfortunately we didn’t get any exemption, which is clearly disappointing.
“We’re a team and a club that we’ve always wanted to support with every measure and everything else, but maybe when you need a little bit of support with the difficult situation we’re in, we couldn’t have that which is disappointing.”
On Monday, the English Premier League announced 42 new cases of coronavirus among club players and staff – the highest weekly number recorded since test results began to be announced in May last year.
What games have been cancelled?
Tottenham vs Rennes match Thursday 9 December – European Conference League
Brighton vs Tottenham Sunday 12th December – English Premier League
Sheffield United vs QPR Monday December 13th – Championship
Brentford vs Man United Tuesday 14th December – English Premier League
Burnley Watford match Wednesday 15 December – English Premier League
Man City and Mainz vs Leicester City Wednesday, December 15 – League Cup
QPR vs Swansea Saturday 18th December – Championship
Reading vs Luton Saturday 18th December – Championship
Millwall vs Preston Saturday 18th December – Championship
What are the rules of the English Premier League?
The 2021/22 Premier League handbook includes the Covid protocols and states that the Premier League board will “only allow a rescheduling or postponement of a league match in exceptional circumstances”.
The board is making calls on a case-by-case basis and by directing says the Premier League will not be given permission for a postponement if the club has 14 or more players from the squad list available.
Sky Sports News He understands that the Premier League has rejected other requests from clubs to postpone matches due to Covid cases during the week of December 13.
Covid passes are mandatory at sporting events
Spectators will be required to show evidence of dual vaccination against Covid-19 or passive lateral flow testing to attend sporting events with crowds of more than 10,000 after lawmakers approve government plans.
The proposals were part of the government’s ‘Plan B’ to tackle the increase in Covid-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant, and were voted on in the House of Commons on Tuesday night by 243.
Sky Sports News He understands that Premier League clubs – all with an average attendance of more than 10,000 – have been preparing for the possibility.