Burnley’s home match against Leicester City on Saturday has been postponed due to Covid-19 cases and injuries within the Turf Moor team camp.
The Premier League said it accepted Burnley’s request that the match be called off because the Clarets did not have enough players to get the match done.
Premier League rules state that a club must play a match if it has 13 players on the field and one goalkeeper.
It is the 20th match in the First Division to be postponed this season due to Covid.
Burnley had matches against Watford, Aston Villa and Everton, which were postponed in December due to Covid-19 cases between the feuding teams.
The match against Watford has been rescheduled for Tuesday, January 18, and that may now be in doubt.
Burnley were without coach Sean Daichi and a number of first-team players due to COVID-19 when they were knocked out of the FA Cup by Huddersfield Town last Saturday.
A Premier League statement said: “The Board of Directors is assessing requests to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on the current rules and revised Covid-19 postponement guidance, which is implemented in light of the new Omicron variant.”
“The Board will assess a number of factors, including the club’s ability to put together a squad; the condition, severity and potential impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the club; and the players’ ability to prepare and play safely for the match.
“The board must also consider the broader risks of the opposition and other people with whom club representatives may come into contact.”
The Premier League has to deal with this – Hasenhuttl
Burnley’s match against the Foxes has since been postponed Striker Chris Wood has completed his move to Newcastle United Thursday after the Magpies launched a release clause in the 30-year-old’s contract.
Southampton manager Ralph Hessenhuttl believes there should be more transparency from the Premier League on the issues behind the decisions to cancel matches.
“They opened the door and you can’t be surprised that someone is passing by now,” Hasenhuttl said.
“I can’t say anything about the Covid situation there because that is usually the reason for the games being canceled. You have no opinion, no transparency and you can’t say anything about it, the rest is just speculation.
“They lost a striker, I don’t know, it’s all speculation. The Premier League has to deal with this.
“That is why I say that players or new signings should not be allowed to play in canceled matches when they were not there before the scheduled date of this match.
“This is a problem they have and it is difficult to solve at the moment.”
Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel said he hoped clubs would not take advantage of the rules regarding postponements.
“I hope very much that it will not be because I will be very angry,” said the Blues boss, who will be without Andreas Christensen against Manchester City on Saturday after the defender tested positive for Covid-19.
“We do our best to make matches happen and we were forced to play when we thought maybe we shouldn’t.
“So, I very much hope that the rules are the same for everyone.”