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Covid outbreak at Watford sees tonight's game at Burnley postponed

Wednesday night's Premier League meeting of Burnley and Watford was postponed just over two-hours...



Wednesday night's Premier League meeting of Burnley and Watford was postponed just over two-hours from kick-off. 

It follows an outbreak of COVID-19 at Watford.

In a statement, the Hornets said they had insufficient players to fulfil the fixture at Turf Moor.

It's just the latest Premier League game to fall victim to COVID-19 in recent weeks. Tottenham had a trip to Brighton called off last weekend, while Manchester United's game at Brentford this week was also postponed due to an outbreak at the former.

The postponement adds to Burnley fixture headaches. They had a Premier League visit of Tottenham called off late last month due to heavy snow.

Watford FC statement: 

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.

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.

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