Burnley‘s match at dwelling to Everton on December 26 has change into the most recent Premier League fixture to be postponed as a consequence of a coronavirus outbreak, it was introduced Friday. Covid-19 circumstances throughout the Everton camp had seen the Merseysiders request a postponement on Thursday. However that preliminary plea was rejected regardless of Everton supervisor Rafael Benitez saying he solely had 9 match outfield gamers at his disposal for the fixture on Boxing Day, historically one of many busiest days within the English soccer calendar.
Everton, nevertheless, mentioned Friday that the sport had been referred to as off, with a membership assertion saying: “Our Premier League fixture at Burnley on Boxing Day has been postponed because of the variety of COVID circumstances and accidents in our squad.”
The Premier League added it had taken the “regrettable” resolution to postpone the sport following a board assembly on Friday.
“The board reviewed the membership’s request in the present day to postpone the match following additional accidents to their squad.
“They concluded that the membership won’t be able to fulfil their fixture this weekend on account of an inadequate variety of gamers obtainable to play as a consequence of Covid-19 circumstances and accidents.”
A complete of 13 matches have now been referred to as off prior to now two weeks as Britain battles document numbers of constructive Covid circumstances because of the Omicron variant of the virus.
Benitez mentioned Thursday he was “stunned” that Everton’s recreation had been anticipated to go forward, after two different Boxing Day matches — Liverpool v Leeds and Wolves v Watford — had been postponed as a consequence of Covid circumstances.
“Speaking to a wall”
Tottenham Hotspur supervisor Antonio Conte mentioned Thursday’s assembly between the Premier League and all 20 top-flight bosses to debate the escalating Covid scenario affecting English soccer’s high flight had been a waste of time.
The digital assembly was designed to let managers air their issues over a congested fixture listing after Premier League golf equipment had determined to plough on with the scheduled programme reasonably than pause the season.
Manchester Metropolis supervisor Pep Guardiola urged the one manner soccer authorities would deal with welfare issues was if the gamers went on strike.
However with industrial motion trying extremely unlikely, Conte mentioned discussions with the Premier League had been akin to speaking to a wall.
“If I’ve to be sincere, it was a gathering that we tried to talk and a few coaches tried to talk, to ask about options however I feel all the things was determined,” Conte mentioned Friday.
“I feel yesterday (Thursday) it was a wall and because of this I additionally desire to not go into it.”
The Italian, requested at a information convention if the talks had been a waste of time, replied: “I feel so. As a result of when you will have a wall in entrance of you, you’ll be able to communicate and ask what you need however each resolution was (already) taken.”
Spurs, who’ve simply returned from an enforced two-week break as a consequence of a Covid-19 outbreak on the membership, are as a consequence of host Crystal Palace on Sunday earlier than they go to Southampton on Tuesday.
Norwich supervisor Dean Smith mentioned it was “lunacy” to anticipate groups to play two matches in 48 hours within the present circumstances, with the relegation-threatened Canaries set to host Arsenal on Sunday earlier than dealing with Crystal Palace on December 28.
“We’ve got some recent circumstances, however we’ve got received others coming again,” mentioned Smith. We aren’t certain what number of will miss Boxing Day.
“It’s lunacy that we’re having to play two video games in 48 hours and there has received to be a query concerning the integrity of the competitors when groups are taking part in weakened groups in opposition to different groups and it’s affecting league positions.”
Matters talked about on this article