Which Premier League matches are postponed due to COVID-19? Rules and latest updates

The recent surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the spread of the Omicron variant is now being felt in the Premier League with a handful of clubs experiencing outbreaks that have forced several games to be postponed.

Three Premier League matches have already been canceled and several other clubs have seen positive test results for staff and team members. So what are the new Premier League rules regarding COVID-19 and will there be more postponements?

These are the latest updates on the developing situation in the league.

Premier League Games Canceled Due to COVID-19

Tottenham’s game against Brighton, originally scheduled for December 12, was the first Premier League game postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak experienced by Spurs.

Manchester United’s clash with Brentford, scheduled for December 14, was also postponed a few days later and the Red Devils confirmed that several first-team players and staff members tested positive for the virus, prompting the cessation of tests. First team operations at Carrington Training Ground. . Man United game in Brighton on Saturday 18 December is also at risk.

The last game to be scratched was Burnley vs Watford just hours before it started on December 15th. Several cases at the Watford camp left Claudio Ranieri’s team with “an insufficient number of First Team players available to carry out the match.”

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Which Premier League clubs have positive COVID cases?

In addition to Tottenham, Man United and Watford, Leicester City has also recorded positive cases, with several players not being able to travel to Italy for their final Europa League group stage match against Napoli on December 9. The Foxes lost the game 3-2 to fall. in the knockout playoffs of the Conference League.

With COVID problems in the team persisting, coach Brendan Rodgers expected the Premier League game on December 16 to be pushed, but officials did not agree to the request:

After canceling training on December 12, Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard revealed the next day that there were “a couple of staff members and a couple of players,” but reiterated that most tested negative. Villa’s game on December 14 was played as scheduled.

Brighton coach Graham Potter revealed there were “three or four” positive cases in Brighton, while Norwich coach Dean Smith said he had a player who was isolated.

According to a Reuters report on December 13, there was a one-week record of 42 new cases among Premier League players and staff from December 6-12.

With teams forced to face the challenges caused by the outbreaks, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp advocated for greater transparency about the numbers and players affected:

Premier League Rules on Postponement Due to COVID-19

The The Premier League’s own manual states that the league board of directors “may only allow the reorganization or postponement of a league game in exceptional circumstances.”

Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis for each club, and there are no set rules that determine whether or not a match will be canceled. According to the league, each of these decisions takes into account sporting and medical factors.

Following the cancellation of the Brentford vs Man United match, the Premier League declared it would take further “emergency measures” to combat the further spread of COVID-19, and league players and staff now have to take a lateral flow test. every day in to access the training grounds.

In addition to daily testing to enter training grounds, players and staff now undergo a PCR test at least twice a week.

Additional measures such as the use of masks and social distancing are expected to continue to be applied. The Premier League issued the following statement regarding the cancellation of Man Utd against Brentford:

“With the health of players and staff as a priority, and in light of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced Emergency Measures. These include protocols such as more frequent testing, use of covers indoor facials, observing social distancing and limitation of treatment time “.

COVID-19 situation in the UK

The increase in positive cases comes at a time when the UK has faced another COVID-19 outbreak with the new variant of Omicron.

The Premier League confirmed that as of October, 69 percent of players had been fully vaccinated and 81 percent had received their first dose.

But concerns remain with those who choose to remain unvaccinated, while booster jabs continue to be rolled out across the country for those eligible.

Fans attending matches in England will need to present proof of double vaccination or negative test to attend events with crowds exceeding 10,000.