Burnley vs Watford the latest Premier League game to be called off due to Covid-19


Burnley’s clash with Watford this evening has been called off due to a Covid-19 outbreak in the Hornets’ squad.

The clash was scheduled to take place at Turf Moor later tonight but will now be rescheduled, most likely in 2022.

Numerous other fixtures have been postponed in recent days, with Manchester United and Brentford due to play last night before an outbreak in the former’s squad.

Confirming the news this evening, Burnley tweeted: “We can confirm that tonight’s match against Watford has been postponed due to an ongoing Covid outbreak within the opposition squad.”

At this stage it is unclear which members of Watford’s squad have been hit with the virus.

Burnley would be able to fill 18 per-cent of their stadium with 4,000 fans, the highest of any top-flight side – but the Tier system could stop any fans entering Turf Moor
Burnley’s game with Watford has been called off

The Premier League released a statement moments later, reading: “It is with regret the Premier League Board has postponed Burnley FC’s home fixture against Watford FC, due to be played this evening (Wednesday 15 December) at 7.30pm.

“The decision was taken following guidance from medical advisers due to an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within Watford’s squad. As a result, the club has an insufficient number of First Team players available to fulfil the match.

“The Premier League understands this decision will disappoint and frustrate fans who were due to attend this evening’s game and apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused at such short notice.

The Premier League has been rocked by multiple COvid-19 outbreaks

“In considering any application to postpone, the Board considers a range of sporting and medical factors. Each decision is taken on a case-by-case basis with everyone’s health of utmost importance.

“In light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced Emergency Measures. These include protocols such as more frequent testing, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time.”

The news comes hours after it was announced both Tottenham and Leicester had asked the Premier League if they could postpone their clash which is due to take place tomorrow evening.

Covid measures are being tightened across the country

That request was rejected and at the moment, the game will go ahead as planned.

Spurs have been hit hard by Covid and have seen their last two games postponed – against Rennes and Brighton.

More fixtures could yet be affected as other clubs have reported outbreaks within their squad.