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Football Today – Premier League Called Off Six Games amidst COVID

Football Today – Premier League Called Off Six Games amidst COVID

Among other news from the English Premier League in football today, Premier League called off six games amidst COVID outbreaks.

The Premier League decided, on Thursday, to postpone six more matches due to the wave of coronavirus infections hitting Britain.

Besides these 6 fixtures though, the EPL said they intended to continue the usual schedule wherever it was safely possible.

All this while, though, requests for a complete circuit break, to allow the infection rate to stabilise, are intensifying. Brentford boss Thomas Frank has led calls for a firebreak in Premier League fixtures of at least a week.

“Covid cases are going through the roof at all Premier League clubs. Everyone is dealing with it and having problems,” said the Dane.

“To postpone this round and also the Carabao (League) Cup round (next week) would give everyone a week at least, or four or five days to clean and do everything at the training ground so everything is clean and you break the chain.”

Football Today – Premier League Called Off Six Games amidst COVID

However, the Premier League insisted games will continue where it is safe to do so. They defended this rationale of postponements on a case-by-case basis rather than when they cross a threshold of positive cases.

“While recognising a number of clubs are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, it is the League’s intention to continue its current fixture schedule where safely possible,” the Premier League said in a statement. “The health and well-being of all concerned remains our priority.”

After refusing their request (the football news), Premier League postponed Leicester’s scheduled match against Tottenham just hours before kick-off yesterday.

Further, five more games that Premier League originally scheduled for this weekend have also seen postponement due to coronavirus outbreaks.

Manchester United, Brentford, Norwich, and Watford were among the home teams for these matches.

More specifically, along with Leicester’s visit to Everton (on top of their Tottenham clash), United’s home clash with Brighton, Brentford’s trip to Southampton, Watford’s meeting with Crystal Palace, and West Ham’s fixture against Norwich are all now off.

In the meantime, Brentford, Watford and Leicester have all closed their training grounds to contain the outbreak.

Meanwhile, Norwich and Manchester United were unable to field a side due to positive cases and injuries.

“(The Premier League board) will assess a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club; and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match,” the league’s statement added.

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