Burnley and Leicester match postponed by the English Premier League due to injuries and Covid in the Clarets squad | football news

Thomas Tuchel said he would be “very angry” if Premier League clubs were found to be abusing the rules to cancel matches with Leicester’s trip to Burnley becoming the latest game to be postponed.

The match at Turf Moor – which was scheduled to take place on Saturday – was canceled on Friday due to Covid cases and injuries within Sean Dyche’s Clarets squad.

This is Burnley’s fourth game to be postponed this season due to Covid-19 but the first time the request has come from Turf Moor club. Clarett, who is threatened with relegation, also played another match against Tottenham, which was postponed at short notice due to heavy snow.

But Chelsea manager Tuchel – who dealt a blow in the Premier League in December after refusing to accept Chelsea’s request to postpone their match at Wolverhampton after a number of Covid issues – questioned whether the rules were consistently applied.

“I very much hope that’s not the case, or else I would be very angry,” Tuchel said when asked if he feels the Covid laws are being abused.

“We do our best to make matches happen and we were playing when we thought maybe we shouldn’t. So I can only really hope that the rules are the same for everyone.”

Chelsea reported one positive test for Covid-19 ahead of their 12:30pm flight to Manchester City on Saturday in the Premier League, with Andreas Christensen now in isolation.

The Danish defender had recently returned from an injury bout. However, Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante are in contention to participate, albeit with a little training time under their belts.

“We have one positive test for Covid with Andreas Christensen,” Tuchel said. “So he will come out for this match.

“For the news that Andreas Christensen is out again after we’ve waited so long for him, and now he’s playing really, really hard, and again out. It’s a setback for everyone, for us mentally.

“Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante are back, but Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante are in one training session.

“I finally got my players back, and it’s like fishing.”

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The Premier League confirmed that it supported Burnley’s request to postpone their match on Friday, with a statement that read: “The Premier League board accepted Burnley’s request because the club does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 players outside the field and one goalkeeper), due to injuries and cases of Covid. -19”.

Burnley had three straight games – against Watford, Aston Villa and Everton – postponed last month due to Covid-19 cases within the opposition camps.

The re-arranged match against Watford is due to take place on Tuesday, although that remains in doubt now.

Burnley were without seven players due to Covid-19 during last weekend’s 2-1 FA Cup loss to Huddersfield, a match that Dickey also missed, and since then Chris Wood has joined Newcastle.

Earlier this week, Leicester’s match at Everton was postponed for a second time with the Premier League announcing that they had accepted the Foxes app “because the club did not have the required number of players available for the match (13 away players and one goalkeeper) due to Covid-19 cases and injuries. And players performing international duties at the African Nations Cup.”

Arteta reiterates call for clarity

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has reiterated his call for clarity over the decision-making behind the coronavirus delays and urged authorities to protect the integrity of the Premier League.

“The authorities have to take care of that, they set the rules. We don’t get enough information, about the reasons behind this,” Arteta said.

“Over a month ago I asked for more clarity, there was always a possibility when you opened things up how people would use them.

“[I would like more clarity] About the reasons for postponing matches, why some, and why not others, in order to preserve the integrity of the competition.

“This happens in a lot of different leagues, we have to focus on what we can do in this to try to maintain the level of admiration in the Premier League, and we have to protect that.”

The Arsenal boss also indicated that Arsenal may ask to postpone the north London derby on Sunday.

“We have communications in every game about the situation around the match for both sides. I always mention that we are ready to play. Once we have a fair assessment of the team and our place, the Premier League will make the decision. But for our part, we always want to try to play.”

Hasenhuttl: PL ‘opening the door’ to devious Covid rules

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Ralph Hessenhuttl says Covid-19 was not the deciding factor in recent postponements

In his press conference on Friday, Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl was vocal about the lack of transparency over postponements and how the Premier League handled them.

He said: “They opened the door, and you can’t be surprised that someone is passing by now. I can’t say anything about the Covid situation there because that’s why games are usually canceled.

“You have no opinion, no transparency, and you can’t say anything about it. The rest is just speculation.

“The Premier League has to deal with this. That’s why I say that new players / signings should not be allowed to play in canceled matches when they weren’t there before this match is due. This is a problem they have and it is difficult to solve at the moment.”

What English Premier League matches have been cancelled?

Brighton vs Tottenham – Sunday December 12

Brentford vs Man United Tuesday 14th December (Now Jan 19, 8 p.m.)

Burnley Watford match – Wednesday 15th December (Now Jan 18, 7.30 p.m.)

Leicester vs Tottenham Thursday, December 16th (Now Jan 19, 7.30 p.m.)

Manchester United vs Brighton Saturday 18th December

Southampton – Brentford Saturday, December 18; Southampton won the rematch 4-1 on Tuesday 11 January

Watford vs Crystal Palace Saturday 18th December

West Ham vs Norwich Saturday 18th December; West Ham won the rematch 2-0 on Wednesday 12 January

Aston Villa vs Burnley Saturday 18th December

Everton vs Leicester Sunday 19 December and Tuesday 11 January

Liverpool vs Leeds – Sunday 26 December

Wolverhampton vs Watford Sunday 26 December

Burnley vs Everton match Sunday 26 December

Leeds vs Aston Villa Tuesday 28th December

Arsenal vs wolves Tuesday 28th December

Everton x Newcastle Thursday, December 30th

Leicester vs Norwich – Saturday January 1

Southampton – Newcastle – Sunday 2 January

Everton vs Leicester – Tuesday, January 11th (As above, this game has already been postponed from its original date of Sunday, December 19th)

Burnley vs Leicester Saturday January 15th

What are the Premier League rules about postponements?

The 2021/22 Premier League handbook included the Covid protocols and stated that the Premier League’s board of directors would “only allow a re-arrangement or postponement of a league match in exceptional circumstances”.

The board is making calls on a case-by-case basis and by directing the Premier League says permission to defer will not be granted if the club has 14 or more players from the squad list available.

However, after a number of matches were postponed in the weeks leading up to Christmas, a new Premier League guide has been published explaining protocols for postponing matches.

There, these factors are taken into account when deciding to postpone a Premier League match:

1) The impact of COVID-19 infection on the club team, as well as injuries, illness and isolation, the number of players on the team’s roster and any under-21 player with appropriate experience. When the club is unable to bring in 13 off-field players and a goalkeeper either from the team’s roster or its appropriately experienced under-21 players, the match will be postponed.
2) The status of any outbreak of COVID-19 within the club, including the number of individuals affected, the sequence and source of infection and their proximity to the match in question.
3) The club’s ability to prepare its players safely in the lead-up to the match.
4) Medical advice as to whether there are any unacceptable risks to the health and safety of players and staff while playing the match.
5) Any advice from the UK’s Health Security Agency and other public bodies.
6) Any other exceptional circumstances.

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