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Premier League Loses Another Game to a COVID Outbreak | Sports News

LONDON (AP) — The Premier League misplaced one other match to a COVID-19 outbreak in a squad when Aston Villa’s dwelling recreation in opposition to Burnley was postponed round two hours earlier than kickoff on Saturday.

Villa mentioned it didn’t have sufficient gamers to subject a group following extra optimistic checks in its squad that had been reported early Saturday. The league accepted Villa’s request to postpone the match “based on the number of COVID-19 cases, injuries and illness.”

Five matches scheduled for this weekend had already been known as off due to coronavirus outbreaks in squads amid a worsening well being emergency in Britain because the omicron variant spreads.

The league mentioned the remaining 4 video games — Leeds-Arsenal on Saturday and Newcastle-Manchester City, Wolverhampton-Chelsea and Tottenham-Liverpool on Sunday — “are currently scheduled to proceed as planned.”

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The whole variety of Premier League video games to have been postponed over the previous week stands at 10. Only six video games had been known as off in the entire of final season due to the coronavirus.

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Burnley has now had two video games postponed on the day of the fixture within the final 4 days. Its dwelling match in opposition to Watford was additionally known as off a few hours earlier than kickoff on Wednesday.

Premier League managers will meet on Monday to focus on the COVID-19 scenario, with some managers — like Brentford’s Thomas Frank — advocating a break in play, citing equity, and others saying the video games ought to proceed.

The league has already reintroduced emergency measures equivalent to extra frequent testing and carrying face masks indoors. Its board assesses purposes to postpone matches on a case-by-case foundation and “based on existing rules and COVID-19 postponement guidance issued to all clubs.”

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