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Premier League Has Postponed Everton’s Boxing Day Match at Burnley

Premier League Has Postponed Everton’s Boxing Day Match at Burnley

Despite deciding against a firebreak (the football news), the English Premier League has postponed Everton’s Boxing Day match at Burnley.

Due to Covid-19 cases and injuries at the Merseyside club, Everton had initially requested a postponement.

But Premier League rejected this ask on Thursday despite boss Rafael Benitez claiming he only had nine outfield players fit.

His squad endured a Covid outbreak following the game against Chelsea on December 16. Also, a number of top players including Richarlison and Andros Townsend are facing recovery from injuries.

While there have not been further COVID-19 cases at Everton after their outbreak, many players still couldn’t participate in training. These were the same footballers who were originally on the ‘fit list’.

But Premier League nevertheless insisted that they (Everton) visit Burnley and Benitez said on Thursday he was “surprised” by this. After all, two Boxing Day matches – Liverpool v Leeds and Wolves v Watford – suffered delays due to Covid cases.

Benitez said: “With the injuries and the positives that we have, we were expecting that the game would be postponed.

“Like in a lot of other games [to be postponed] to try and keep the integrity of the league, because you are losing so many players.”

But he was right in the end – the EPL did have to postpone the match eventually.

Premier League Has Postponed Everton’s Boxing Day Match at Burnley

A statement from the Premier League on Friday said the board had reviewed the decision “following further injuries to their squad”.

“They [the Premier League board] concluded that the club will not be able to fulfill their fixture this weekend as a result of an insufficient number of players available to play due to Covid-19 cases and injuries,” the statement added.

“The board this morning was able to make its decision in advance of Boxing Day to give clarity to clubs and their fans. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to those supporters’ festive plans.”

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