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More Premier League postponements as Liverpool vs Leeds, Wolves vs Watford called off

Liverpool vs Leeds and Wolves vs Watford have been postponed ahead of the Premier League’s Boxing Day fixtures, following an increase in Covid-19 cases.

The news continues the disruption to the Premier League calendar after a raft of postponements last weekend,  with Leeds and Watford having requested the rescheduling of the fixtures amid rising cases amongst their respective squads.

 

The Premier League board agreed to the requests at a meeting on Thursday morning, releasing a statement confirming the decision.

Following postponement requests from Leeds United and Watford as a result of COVID-19, the Premier League Board met this morning and regrettably agreed to call off the two affected clubs’ Boxing Day fixtures.

The two matches are Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford and Liverpool v Leeds United, both due to be played on Sunday at 12:30 GMT.

“The Board today was able to make its decisions in advance of Boxing Day to give clarity to clubs and their supporters,” the statement read.

“We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to those fans’ festive plans.

“The League is aware that the decision to postpone these two matches will disappoint supporters and understands their frustrations at a special time of year when fans look forward to attending and watching football games.

“The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is the priority. The League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if matches become at risk on a matchday.

“The Board concluded that Leeds will not be able to fulfil their fixture this weekend due to the number of players with COVID-19, injuries and illness. The club’s training ground has also been closed after consultation with the UK Health Security Agency and the Premier League.

“Watford continue to have an insufficient number of players to field a team after their match against Crystal Palace last Saturday was postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak.

“Due to players coming out of isolation, it is fully expected Watford will be available for their fixture on Tuesday 28 December, against West Ham United.”

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