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Frank, the Brentford manager, has called for Premier League postponements.
After four additional games were postponed due to Covid-19 outbreaks, half of the weekend’s Premier League matchups are now canceled.
Southampton against Brentford, Watford v Crystal Palace, West Ham v Norwich, and Everton v Leicester are the most recent games to be impacted.
Manchester United’s match against Brighton on Saturday was called off earlier on Thursday, as was Leicester City’s match against Tottenham on Thursday, both of which were part of the league’s midweek schedule.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank appealed for this weekend’s Premier League games to be postponed to allow clubs to deal with the outbreaks on Wednesday, but the Premier League has so far refused.
It added in a statement that “all other matches scheduled to be played this weekend are now set to go as planned.”
Fabinho, Curtis Jones, and Virgil van Dijk will also miss Liverpool’s match against Newcastle on Thursday due to suspected positive tests, but manager Jurgen Klopp claimed the club had not requested a delay.
“Honestly, I believe at some point we need to clarify what the regulations are,” he told BT Sport. “Of course, with three players out and this squad, we wouldn’t have requested not to play a football game.”
Despite four Chelsea players testing positive for the drug, including Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner, Callum Hudson-Odoi, and the injured Ben Chilwell, Thursday’s match between Chelsea and Everton is poised to go ahead.
Tottenham’s match against Brighton last Sunday, Brentford’s meeting against Manchester United on Tuesday, and Burnley’s match against Watford on Wednesday are among the nine top-flight matches that have been canceled in the previous week.
On Thursday, the Premier League reported “an surge of positive Covid-19 instances” at Leicester, while Manchester United is still dealing with an epidemic.
United also announced that training at their Carrington headquarters will be halted for “a brief time to assist decrease the danger of future transmission.”
“The health of our players and staff is our first concern,” the club noted in a statement. The club had no choice but to request the match be rescheduled because to the large number of players and support personnel who were forced to isolate due to Covid-19.
“We apologize for any disappointment and difficulty the delay has given fans.”
Brendan Rodgers, the manager of Leicester City, revealed on Wednesday that an early request to postpone their match against Tottenham Hotspur had been denied, despite the fact that the team expects to be without nine players due to Covid-related concerns and injuries.
Spurs also requested that the game be postponed so that they could play their Europa League match against Rennes, which was postponed last week due to a Covid outbreak.
“In light of the new information, Leicester asked [on Thursday] to have the match called off owing to a continuing epidemic within the team, which has resulted in additional players and staff testing positive for Covid-19 today,” read a statement from the Premier League.
“As a result, the club now has an inadequate number of players to complete the game.”
“Given the rise in positive tests among first-team employees, first-team activities at Seagrave [training ground] will now be suspended for 48 hours, functioning as a circuit breaker to assist decrease the danger of additional infection,” Leicester said in a statement.
“On Saturday, first-team players and staff will go through another round of testing.”
“Regarding Manchester United’s game on Saturday [against Brighton], the club continues to have a continuing Covid-19 outbreak among its squad, which has prevented them from fielding a team for the match at Old Trafford,” the Premier League stated.
“Their game against Brentford was put off earlier this week because to a large number of Covid-19 instances, and more positive tests were confirmed today [Thursday].”
After disclosing that his Covid-hit players desired Wednesday’s game against Wolves, which they lost 1-0, Brighton manager Graham Potter questioned how long “football can continue on the road it’s on.”
The Premier League said that it “considers applications on a case-by-case basis” and that decisions are made “in accordance with current regulations and Covid-19 postponement instructions provided to all teams.”
“[The board] will consider a variety of variables, including a club’s ability to field a team; the status, severity, and possible effect of the Covid-19 outbreak at the club; and the players’ capacity to safely prepare for and play the match,” it said.
“The board must also take into account the broader hazards to the opponents and other persons with whom the club may come into touch.”