Four more Premier League games cancelled as Covid wreaks havoc with festive ties

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Four more Premier League ties have been called off this weekend due to Covid-19.

Manchester United's fixture with Brighton was postponed earlier on Thursday.

But a further four games have also fallen foul as Premier League sides battle to deal with Covid-19 outbreaks.

West Ham vs Norwich, Everton vs Leicester, Southampton vs Brentford and Watford vs Crystal Palace have all been postponed.

In a statement today, the Premier League said: "It is with regret that the Premier League Board has postponed a further four matches due to be played this weekend.

"Earlier today we announced that Manchester United’s fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday has also been called off.

"The League understands fans will be disappointed these matches have had to be postponed and apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused. All other fixtures due to be played this weekend are currently scheduled to proceed as planned.

"The Board has agreed to postpone the matches after assessing individual club requests this evening."

Two Premier League fixtures remain this evening, with Chelsea taking on Everton and Liverpool hosting Newcastle.

Tottenham's clash with Leicester was called off earlier today, while Burnley's tie with Watford was postponed on Wednesday.

There are now growing calls for the top flight to temporarily halt while clubs can deal with recent outbreaks.

However, the league insists they will attempt to carry on as normal as possible through the festive period.

"While recognising a number of clubs are experiencing Covid-19 outbreaks, it is the league's intention to continue its current fixture schedule where safely possible," said a Premier League statement.

"The health and wellbeing of all concerned remains our priority."

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