Burnley vs Watford called off due to COVID-19 in latest Premier League postponement

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Watford have been forced to call off tonight’s Premier League clash with Burnley due to positive COVID-19 cases within their camp ahead of the trip to Turf Moor. The two struggling sides, who are battling to beat the drop, were due to lock horns in Lancashire for the first time this season this evening (7:30pm) as part of the packed midweek Premier League schedule but the Clarets have now confirmed the game is off.

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Burnley were first to break the news, confirming that the visitors were unable to field a side following the outbreak.

Their statement read: “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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