Premier League COVID-19 crisis grows as Burnley-Watford called off

The emerging Corona virus crisis continues in the English Premier League, with Burnley’s match against Watford on Wednesday the latest match to be postponed.

Burnley were due to host Watford, but confirmed hours before kick-off that the match had been called off due to the COVID-19 outbreak within Claudio Ranieri’s squad.

This news comes after Tottenham’s match against Brighton and Manchester United in Brentford was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak over the past two days.

Burnley issued a statement saying: “The Premier League’s board of directors have, with regret, postponed Burnley’s home match against Watford, scheduled for this evening. [Wednesday Dec. 15] It is 7.30 pm GMT.

“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 a postponement, the Board considers a range of sports and medical factors. Each decision is made on a case-by-case basis with everyone’s health in mind.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the Premier League announced new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, which include fans having to show a declaration of a COVID case before match day as well as evidence of vaccination or a negative test result. The league also said that masks will be mandatory while traveling inside the stadiums but will be optional when seated during the match.

The statement added: “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 testing, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time.” “

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