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Burnley fans hit out at decision to call off game away to Aston Villa two hours before kick-off

Burnley supporters had been left furious after their crew’s game away to Aston Villa on Saturday was postponed simply over two hours before kick-off. 

A bunch of video games within the Premier League have been unable to happen this weekend due to Covid-19 instances, and Villa could not take part within the fixture following optimistic take a look at leads to the squad in a single day as well as to accidents and sickness.

This is the second time this week that Burnley have had a game referred to as off on the day of the game, with the identical state of affairs having occurred on Wednesday, once they had been due to face Watford at house. 

Burnley fans were angry after their team's game away to Aston Villa was called off

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Burnley fans had been indignant after their crew’s game away to Aston Villa was referred to as off

The journey from Burnley to Birmingham normally takes round 2 hours quarter-hour by automobile and 4 hours by practice. 

Burnley supporters who had been making the journey to Villa Park felt {that a} decision on Saturday’s game ought to have been made a lot earlier. The game was scheduled to happen at 3pm with Burnley posting the Premier League’s assertion concerning the postponement on their Twitter account at 12.49pm.

Clarets supporters felt a decision on the game against Villa should have been made earlier

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Clarets supporters felt a decision on the game in opposition to Villa ought to have been made earlier

On Wednesday, Burnley's game against Watford was also postponed at short notice

On Wednesday, Burnley’s game in opposition to Watford was additionally postponed at quick discover

One supporter described the therapy of Burnley fans as ‘disgraceful’.

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They wrote: ‘Disgraceful therapy of fans once more, and when issues get again to regular Burnley could have to squeeze matches on and now we have a small squad. So unfair.’

Disgraceful therapy of fans once more, and when issues get again to regular Burnley could have to squeeze matches on and now we have a small squad. So unfair.

— dave buckley (@davebuckers) December 18, 2021

Another particular person acknowledged that the Premier League had proven a scarcity of respect in direction of match-going fans.

They wrote: ‘The Premier League’s lack of respect to folks on the terraces who make investments a lot money and time on this more and more soiled enterprise is limitless.’

The Premier League’s lack of respect to folks on the terraces who make investments a lot money and time on this more and more soiled enterprise is limitless.

— BrokenShackleGary (@Cricketclaps) December 18, 2021

Another fan claimed that, with a few of their senior gamers unavailable, Villa ought to have been made to subject their children.

They wrote: ‘Absolute joke. Make them play their children!!!’.

Absolute joke. Make them play their children!!!

— 𝖆𝖇𝖇𝖎𝖊 𝖗𝖔𝖘𝖊 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 (@abbie_bfc) December 18, 2021

One fan questioned whether or not supporters who travelled to Birmingham would get a refund?

‘Got all the best way to Birmingham, can we get compensation? Refund? Can’t guarentee to make it to mid week video games’.

Got all the best way to Birmingham, can we get compensation? Refund? Can’t guarentee to make it to mid week video games

— AZZA 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🍻 (@BFCAZZA) December 18, 2021

Another supporter claimed that Burnley had been simply as a lot to blame as Villa for the game being referred to as off.

‘HOW HAVE YOU ONLY JUST BEEN NOTIFIED? YOU MAIN PRIORITY IS THE FANS. YOU SHOULD BE DEMANDING MORE FROM THE PREM LEAGUE TO PROTECT YOUR FANS. YES YOUR FANS. Your as a lot to blame because the opposition. Shocking BFC. Truly surprising.’

HOW HAVE YOU ONLY JUST BEEN NOTIFIED?

YOU MAIN PRIORITY IS THE FANS. YOU SHOULD BE DEMANDING MORE FROM THE PREM LEAGUE TO PROTECT YOUR FANS. YES YOUR FANS.

Your as a lot to blame because the opposition.

Shocking BFC. Truly surprising.

— Jordan Webb (@JordanWebbx) December 18, 2021

Another fan described the state of affairs as ‘completely disgusting’ and implored Burnley to ship a ‘strongly worded’ criticism to the Premier League. 

They wrote: ‘I hope a strongly worded criticism is winging its approach to PL HQ for this. 2 video games in a row with 2 Hours discover. Absolutely disgusting.’

I hope a strongly worded criticism is winging its approach to PL HQ for this. 2 video games in a row with 2 Hours discover. Absolutely disgusting.

— Banksylad32 (@dclaretbanks) December 18, 2021

One particular person questioned why accidents had been taken into consideration for the postponement fairly than solely coronavirus instances.

They wrote: ‘Someone need to inform my why accidents are being taken into consideration?’

Someone need to inform my why accidents are being taken into consideration?

— Jake Aspin (@jake_aspin98) December 18, 2021

Another supporter wrote: ‘Wow however I can go to work With over 700 folks’.

Wow however I can go to work With over 700 folks

— lee mcnulty (@leemcnulty4) December 18, 2021

The Premier League’s assertion on the game being postponed learn: ‘Due to extra optimistic instances within the Aston Villa squad immediately, the Premier League Board has regrettably had to postpone the membership’s house fixture in opposition to Burnley FC, due to kick off at 3pm this afternoon.

‘After reviewing all the brand new info supplied by Aston Villa this morning and receiving separate medical recommendation, the Board accepted the request on account of the membership not having sufficient gamers to subject a crew. This decision was based mostly on the variety of Covid instances, accidents and sickness.

‘The League understands the decision to postpone the match at such quick discover will frustrate and disappoint supporters, and apologises for the inconvenience and disruption triggered.

‘The remaining 4 Premier League matches due to be performed this weekend are at present scheduled to proceed as deliberate.

Six of the ten Premier League games this weekend have been postponed due to COVID-19 cases

Six of the ten Premier League video games this weekend have been postponed due to COVID-19 instances

‘The Board assesses functions to postpone matches on a case-by-case foundation, based mostly on current guidelines and Covid postponement steering issued to all golf equipment. It will assess a variety of components, together with the flexibility of a membership to subject a crew; the standing, severity and potential affect of the Covid outbreak at the membership; and the flexibility of the gamers to safely put together for and play the match. The Board should additionally think about the broader dangers to the opposition and different folks the membership representatives could come into contact with.

‘With the well being and wellbeing of all gamers and employees the precedence, and in mild of the latest rise in Covid instances throughout the nation, the Premier League has reintroduced Emergency Measures. These embrace protocols resembling extra frequent testing, carrying face coverings whereas indoors, observing social distancing and limiting therapy time.’

The game between Aston Villa and Burnley was the sixth Premier League match to be referred to as off this weekend, following the postponements of Manchester United v Brighton, Southampton v Brentford, Watford v Crystal Palace, West Ham v Norwich and Everton v Leicester.  

Following a surge in instances of the Omicron variant, Premier League shareholders will meet on Monday amid calls from some golf equipment to shut down the season. 

HOW OMICRON COVID OUTBREAKS HAVE THE PREMIER LEAGUE ON EDGE

Aston Villa 

Forced to postpone Premier League conflict with Burnley on December 18 simply two hours before kick-off after an elevated quantity of optimistic Covid-19 take a look at outcomes inside their enjoying squad. 

Brentford

The Bees have 13 instances amongst gamers and employees – the membership are actually calling for a circuit-breaker szhutdown to assist golf equipment get well. Their coaching floor has been closed and consequently their journey to Southampton on Saturday has been postponed. 

Leicester

Would have been with out a number of gamers for Tottenham’s go to on Thursday due to Covid before the game was postponed – regardless of preliminary calls being rejected – hours before kick-off.  Their coaching floor was closed on Thursday morning to include the outbreak however given they’ve an inadequate variety of gamers obtainable, their weekend journey to Everton can also be off.

Manchester United

Case numbers are at present unknown however a big outbreak noticed their game with Brentford postponed. Calls to have Saturday’s game with Brighton to be postponed had been accepted on Thursday, and it has emerged that United would have had solely seven obtainable gamers for that game such is the affect of the outbreak. Their coaching complicated is closed till Tuesday at least, so as to cut back the danger of transmission.

Brighton

Had a request for Wednesday’s game with Wolves to be postponed rejected by the Premier League following an outbreak at the membership. Graham Potter confirmed there have been ‘three to 4’ optimistic instances before the game, which they misplaced 1-0. Saturday’s game with Manchester United has now been postponed.

Norwich

Manager Dean Smith was dealing with an anxious wait to uncover the complete extent of the outbreak at the membership. Josh Sargent, Lukas Rupp and Pierre Lees-Melou had been absent from the squad that confronted Aston Villa in midweek for ‘Covid-related’ causes, however whereas Christos Tzolis is the one confirmed participant to take a look at optimistic, extra optimistic take a look at outcomes have been returned. The Canaries had discussions with the Premier League over Saturday’s conflict with West Ham and it was agreed to postpone as they’ve an inadequate variety of gamers obtainable. 

Watford

Saw their midweek game with Burnley postponed simply hours before kick-off. With their coaching floor closed, their house match with Crystal Palace has now been confirmed as postponed too. Case numbers are at present unknown however they don’t enough gamers to fulfil the Palace match.

Tottenham

Spurs had been the primary Premier League membership to be hit by the Omicron variant final week and noticed video games in opposition to Brighton and Rennes postponed after instances reached double digits amongst gamers and employees. Those who examined optimistic for the virus are anticipated to return within the subsequent couple of days after finishing their 10-day self-isolation interval. Spurs’ conflict with Leicester on Thursday was postponed regardless of preliminary calls for to have the game referred to as off had been rejected, however Sunday’s conflict with Liverpool is due to go forward.

Chelsea

After Brentford, the Blues grew to become the newest membership to be hit by a Covid outbreak, after it was confirmed forward of their game with Everton that 4 extra first-team gamers had examined optimistic. Mateo Kovacic was the primary Chelsea participant to get the virus within the outbreak this week, with Romelu Lukaku, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner and Ben Chilwell following. Neverthless, their game with Everton went forward and was drawn. They are due to play Wolves on Sunday.

Liverpool

It was confirmed simply an hour before kick-off in opposition to Newcastle on Thursday night time that Fabinho, Curtis Jones and Virgil van Dijk had been all out having examined optimistic for Covid. They received the game 3-1 and are due to play Tottenham on Sunday. 

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