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Two Prem Boxing Day matches called off due to Covid

Two Prem Boxing Day matches called off due to Covid

Leeds’ visit to Liverpool and Wolves’ match in opposition to Watford on Boxing Day had been known as off on account of coronavirus infections, the Premier League has launched.

Both matches had been on account of be performed on Sunday at 12.30 but had been postponed following requests from Leeds and Watford.

The Premier League board met on Thursday morning and agreed to the requests from the clubs.


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“Following postponement requests from Leeds United and Watford on account of COVID-19, the Premier League Board met this morning and regrettably agreed to name off the 2 affected clubs’ Boxing Day fixtures,” a Premier League observation read.

“The Board nowadays used to be ready to originate its choices in come of Boxing Day to provide readability to clubs and their supporters. We apologise for the grief and disruption led to to these followers’ festive plans.

“The League is mindful that the resolution to prolong these two matches will disappoint supporters and understands their frustrations at a definite time of year when followers sit down up for attending and watching soccer games.

Wolves’ Boxing Day fixture in opposition to Watford has been postponed after a ask made by the guests to the Premier League used to be authorized on account of rising Covid-19 circumstances.

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“The League goals to provide as great readability as that it’s likely you’ll perchance perchance imagine, but sadly postponements usually must be made at fast survey, as safety is the precedence. The League will endeavour to withhold supporters updated if matches turn into at possibility on a matchday.

“The Board concluded that Leeds are no longer ready to fulfil their fixture this weekend on account of the number of avid gamers with COVID-19, injuries and illness. The membership’s coaching ground has moreover been closed after consultation with the UK Effectively being Safety Company and the Premier League.

“Watford proceed to dangle an insufficient number of avid gamers to self-discipline a workers after their match in opposition to Crystal Palace last Saturday used to be postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak.”

Preston’s Sky Wager Championship match at dwelling to Sheffield United on Boxing Day has moreover been postponed on account of quite a lot of optimistic Covid-19 circumstances within the North Pause squad.

The Lancashire membership informed the EFL on Thursday morning and dangle now launched a observation confirming the game is off.

It read: “The membership dangle taken instant motion to shut the coaching ground temporarily in expose to mitigate any doable extra spread of the virus.

“We apologise for the frustration that this postponement causes to supporters of both clubs, nonetheless the precedence remains the effectively being and safety of everybody connected with the membership in the present day.”