Covid-19 outbreak has caused disruptions to this weekend’s English football fixtures, with slightly over half of the games in the top four divisions being postponed; six of the weekend’s ten Premier League matches and 19 English Football League matches have been cancelled.
Aston Villa v Burnley match postponed due to coronavirus outbreak in the Villa team.
Due to the postponement, only one Premier League match from the six scheduled for Saturday remains, with Leeds taking on Arsenal in the late kick-off at 6.30 pm – being the lone survivor.
Statement from the Premier League: “After reviewing all the new information provided by Aston Villa this morning and receiving separate medical advice, the board approved the request as a result of the club not having enough players to field a team.
“This decision was based on the number of Covid-19 cases, injuries and illness.
“The league understands the decision to postpone the match at such short notice will frustrate and disappoint supporters and apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused.
“The remaining four Premier League matches due to be played this weekend are currently scheduled to proceed as planned.
Aston Villa accede and apologised for the late postponement, which came a little over two hours before the match was due to kick-off, but insisted they acted as quickly as they could.
Villa statement reads:
“The results of PCR tests, which were taken yesterday prior to training as well as lateral flow tests, were received this morning and confirmed further depletion of our playing squad which was already impacted upon for our trip to Norwich in midweek.
“All individuals who tested positive are now isolating in line with Premier League and government guidance and protocols.
“The club is extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused to Burnley, both our own supporters and the Burnley fans due to attend the fixture but have acted as swiftly as possible this morning to minimise disruption.”
Premier League games postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak…
Brighton vs Tottenham – Sunday, December 12, Premier League
Brentford vs Man Utd – Tuesday, December 14, Premier League
Burnley vs Watford – Wednesday, December 15, Premier League
Leicester vs Tottenham – Thursday, December 16, Premier League
Man Utd vs Brighton – Saturday, December 18, Premier League
Southampton vs Brentford – Saturday, December 18, Premier League
Watford vs Crystal Palace – Saturday, December 18, Premier League
West Ham vs Norwich – Saturday, December 18, Premier League
Aston Villa vs Burnley – Saturday, December 18, Premier League
Everton vs Leicester – Sunday, December 19, Premier League
Positive Tests known…
- August 2 to August 8 – 3,118 tested; 9 positive
- August 9 to August 15 – 3,231 tests; 11 positive
- August 16 to August 22 – 3,060 tests; 16 positive
- August 23 to August 29 – 3,020 tests; six positive
- August 30 to September 5 – 1,952 tests; two positive
- September 6 to September 12 – 3,039 tests; three positive
- September 13 to September 19 – 3,154 tests; two positive
- September 20 to September 26 – 3,010 tests; one positive
- September 27 to October 3 – 2,927 tests; four positive
- October 4 to October 10 – 1,696 tests; zero positive
- October 11 to October 17 – 3,044 tests; six positive
- October 18 to October 24 – 3,209 tests; four positive
- October 25 to October 31 – 3,006 tests; four positive
- November 1 to November 7 – 2,953 tests; three positive
- November 8 to November 14 – 1,647 tests; four positive
- November 15 to November 21 – 3,188 tests; six positive
- November 22 to November 28 – 3,379 tests; seven positive
- November 29 to December 5 – 3,154 tests; 12 positive
- December 6 to December 12 – 3,805 tests; 42 positive
Matches called off across other competitions…
Some other fixtures across other competitions have also been called off.
Tottenham vs Rennes – Thursday, December 9, Europa Conference League
Sheffield Utd vs QPR – Monday, December 13, Championship
Man City Women vs Leicester City Women- Wednesday, December 15, League Cup
Cardiff vs Derby – Saturday, December 18, Championship
QPR vs Swansea – Saturday, December 18, Championship
Reading vs Luton – Saturday, December 18, Championship
Millwall vs Preston – Saturday, December 18, Championship
AFC Wimbledon vs Portsmouth – Saturday, December 18, League One
Gillingham vs Crewe – Saturday, December 18, League One
Lincoln City vs Doncaster Rovers – Saturday, December 18, League One
Sheffield Wednesday vs Accrington – Saturday, December 18, League One
Barrow vs Northampton – Saturday, December 18, League Two
Carlisle vs Bradford – Saturday, December 18, League Two
Colchester vs Hartlepool – Saturday, December 18, League Two
Crawley vs Oldham – Saturday, December 18, League Two
Forest Green vs Mansfield Town – Saturday, December 18, League Two
Scunthorpe vs Bristol Rovers – Saturday, December 18, League Two
Chelsea Women vs West Ham Women – Sunday, December 19, Women’s Super League
Man City Women vs Reading Women – Sunday, December 19, Women’s Super League
Forest Green vs Colchester- Tuesday, December 21 – League Two