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

Burnley’s Premier League match against Leicester on Saturday has been postponed due to Covid cases and injuries to the 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.

A league statement 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 on the field and one goalkeeper), due to the COVID-19 cases.
and wounds.”

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 set to take place on Tuesday, although now is in doubt.

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

Tuchel ‘very angry’ if Covid rules are abused

Asked if he felt he was abusing the Covid rules, Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel said on Friday: “I very much hope that’s not the case, otherwise I would be very angry.

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

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 18th December (Now Jan 11, 7.45 p.m.)

Watford vs Crystal Palace Saturday 18th December

West Ham vs Norwich Saturday 18th December (Now Jan 12, 7.45 p.m.)

Aston Villa vs Burnley Saturday 18th December

Everton vs Leicester – Sunday 19 December (Now Jan 11, 8 p.m.)

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

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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