Newcastle’s Premier League conflict at Everton on Thursday has been postponed after a coronavirus outbreak in Eddie Howe’s squad. Newcastle held Manchester United to a 1-1 draw on Monday regardless of a number of Covid instances and harm absences. Howe was additionally set to be with out Callum Wilson and Allan Saint-Maximin towards Everton after each limped off towards United.
Fearing they might not be capable of subject a full staff at Goodison Park, second backside Newcastle requested for the sport to be cancelled and the Premier League agreed.
It’s the sixteenth English top-flight match to be postponed resulting from Covid points in December because the Omicron variant causes chaos with the fixture listing.
“Everton’s match towards Newcastle at Goodison Park, resulting from be performed at 1930 on Thursday December 30, has regrettably been postponed,” a Premier League assertion mentioned on Tuesday.
“The board accepted Newcastle’s postponement software because the membership doesn’t have the required variety of gamers obtainable for the match (13 outfield gamers and one goalkeeper), resulting from Covid-19 instances and accidents.
“The board was in a position to make its determination upfront of the fixture to provide readability to the affected golf equipment and their followers. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption precipitated to supporters’ festive plans.”
Tuesday’s video games between Arsenal and Wolves and Leeds towards Aston Villa have been additionally postponed due to Covid outbreaks.
Simply earlier than Christmas, Premier League chiefs insisted they might not halt the season regardless of pleas from a number of managers for a “circuit breaker” to restrict the unfold of the virus.
The league has given golf equipment “emergency” protocols to comply with as they battle to maintain the virus in examine.
“The league is conscious that the selections within the final week to postpone matches will disappoint supporters, and understands their frustrations at a particular time of 12 months when followers stay up for attending and watching soccer video games,” the assertion mentioned.
“The league goals to offer as a lot readability as attainable, however sadly postponements generally need to be made at brief discover, as security is our precedence. The place attainable, the league will endeavour to maintain supporters up to date if video games grow to be in danger on a matchday.
“The board assesses purposes to postpone matches on a case-by-case foundation, primarily based on current guidelines and tailored Covid-19 postponement steerage, carried out in gentle of the brand new omicron variant.
“The board will assess plenty of elements, together with the flexibility of a membership to subject a staff; the standing, severity and potential affect of the Covid-19 outbreak on the membership; and the flexibility of the gamers to soundly put together for and play the match.
“The board should additionally think about the broader dangers to the opposition and different folks the membership representatives could come into contact with.”
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