Because of Covid-19 outbreaks, five Premier League games scheduled for this weekend have been postponed.
Following the announcement on Thursday morning that Manchester United’s game against Brighton on Saturday would be postponed, the Premier League said four more games would be rescheduled:
- Saturday, December 18, 3 p.m., Southampton versus Brentford
- Saturday, December 18, 3 p.m., Watford vs. Crystal Palace
- Saturday, December 18, 3 p.m., West Ham United versus Norwich City
- Leicester City vs. Everton – Sunday, December 19, 12 p.m.
It means that five of the ten games scheduled for the weekend have been canceled, leaving only Aston Villa’s home match against Burnley and Leeds’ match against Arsenal to play on Saturday.
Despite the postponements, the Premier League continues to oppose a complete weekend program suspension.
More frequent testing, wearing facial coverings when indoors, observing social separation, and restricting treatment time have all been reinstated as emergency measures.
Several top-flight clubs are struggling to contain Covid-19 outbreaks as the highly transmissible Omicron variant spreads across the country, prompting the Premier League to take action just hours after Brentford head coach Thomas Frank called for the league to suspend this weekend’s round of fixtures.