Burnley vs Watford off as Premier League in Covid crisis amid Man United and Tottenham decisions

Watford’s clash with Burnley this evening has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Hornets’ camp.

The news to call of the Premier League match comes just hours after Brendan Rodgers and Antonio Conte confirmed their requests to postpone Leicester City vs Tottenham on Thursday evening had been denied.

Conte said, when asked if Spurs had pushed for a postponement: “Yeah but for me it is very difficult to speak about this topic. For sure, the Premier League didn’t want to postpone the game against Leicester, maybe because we have to play [rearranged games] vs Burnley and Brighton.”

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Rodgers also said: “We’ve looked at that. Unfortunately for us, we weren’t granted any dispensation, which was disappointing,” Rodgers said in his press conference.

“We’ve wanted to support the measures, but when we wanted support for the extreme situation we were in, it’s disappointing not to get the support. We were touch and go for the Newcastle game.

“We’ve picked up a couple of injuries as well, that are Covid related because we can’t rotate the team. We’ll put out the best team we can.”

Following the cancellation of Burnley vs Watford this evening, the Premier League released this statement: “It is with regret the Premier League Board has postponed Burnley FC’s home fixture against Watford FC, due to be played this evening (Wednesday 15 December) at 7.30pm.

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“The decision was taken following guidance from medical advisers due to an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within Watford’s squad. As a result, the club has an insufficient number of First Team players available to fulfil the match.

“The Premier League understands this decision will disappoint and frustrate fans who were due to attend this evening’s game and apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused at such short notice.

“In considering any application to postpone, the Board considers a range of sporting and medical factors. Each decision is taken on a case-by-case basis with everyone’s health of utmost importance.

“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.”

At the moment, Tottenham are due to travel to the King Power Stadium on Thursday to take on Leicester, but football.london will be across any potential updates regarding a postponement.


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