Premier League confirm stance on Wolves vs Chelsea after Aston Villa postponement

Premier League confirm stance on Wolves vs Chelsea after Aston Villa postponement | English Premier League

This weekend’s football scheduled has been heavily affected by Covid-19 – with a host of fixtures postponed due to outbreaks at a growing number of clubs.

There have so far been six Premier League games called off, including Aston Villa’s home game against Burnley on Saturday – less than two hours before it was due to kick off.

The other top flight matches to be postponed are: Manchester United vs Brighton, Southampton vs Brentford, Watford vs Crystal Palace and West Ham vs Norwich.

Wolves are due to face Chelsea at Molineux on Sunday (2pm kick-off) and that match remains on at the the time of writing, along with Tottenham vs Liverpool and Newcastle United vs Manchester City.

At his pre-match press conference, Wolves boss Bruno Lage revealed he could be without six players against Chelsea due to injury and illness.

Following the Villa postponement, the Premier League issued a statement to clarify the current situation. It reads as follows…

“Due to more positive cases in the Aston Villa squad today, the Premier League Board has regrettably had to postpone the club’s home fixture against Burnley, due to kick off at 15:00 GMT this afternoon.

“After reviewing all the new information provided by Villa this morning and receiving separate medical advice, the Board approved the request as a result of the club not having enough players to field a team.

“This decision was based on the number of COVID-19 cases, injuries and illness.

“The League understands the decision to postpone the match at such short notice will frustrate and disappoint supporters, and apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused.

“The remaining four Premier League matches due to be played this weekend are currently scheduled to proceed as planned.

“The Board assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and COVID-19 postponement guidance issued to all clubs.

“It will assess a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club; and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match. The Board must also consider the wider risks to the opposition and other people the club representatives may come into contact with.

“With the health and wellbeing of all players and staff the priority, and 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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