Leicester City vs Tottenham postponed due to further Covid cases

Tottenham’s Premier League game away at Leicester City has been postponed this evening due to further Covid cases at Leicester.

Both teams had actually tried to get the match postponed originally but their requests were turned down by the Premier League.

Leicester made another request to the Premier League on Thursday morning to have the game called off with more players and staff testing positive for Covid.

Antonio Conte and his Tottenham team had already travelled and were in a hotel ready to travel to the King Power Stadium to play the game, which was due to kick-off at 7.30pm.

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A statement from the Premier League read: “The Premier League Board has postponed Leicester City FC’s match against Tottenham Hotspur tonight due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases within Leicester’s squad today,

“In light of the new information, Leicester applied this morning for the fixture to be called off due to an ongoing outbreak within the squad, which has resulted in more players and staff testing positive for COVID-19 today. This has left the club with an insufficient number of players available to fulfil the game.

“Following consultation with the Premier League and UK Health Security Agency, the club’s first team training ground was closed this morning to help contain the outbreak.

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“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.

“The Board assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and COVID-19 postponement guidance issued to all clubs. It will assess a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club; and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match. The Board must also consider the wider risks to the opposition and other people the club may come into contact with.

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“With the health and wellbeing of all players and staff the priority, and 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.”

The postponement of the Leicester encounter now means that Spurs have had three fixtures called off over the past week, with Covid also putting pay to the Rennes and Brighton & Hove Albion fixtures.

Spurs also had a league match called off at the end of November due to heavy snowfall at Burnley.


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