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Fulham has had a second straight Premier League game postponed after the latest round of coronavirus testing returned more positive results.
The Premier League postponed Fulham’s clash with Tottenham, much to the frustration of José Mourinho, just hours before Wednesday’s kickoff after several members of Scott Parker’s team tested positive for the virus.
Parker, who has had to isolate himself recently, confirmed Friday that he was preparing normally for Sunday’s planned away game against Burnley despite missing several players.
However, the trip to Turf Moor has now been canceled to add further interruptions to the Premier League season, and organizers have insisted that the competition will continue despite rising infection rates in the UK and there has been talk possible suspension for competitive football “circuit breaker” in England.
With most regions of the country under strict lockdown measures, the Premier League confirmed that 18 players or staff members tested positive this week.
In a statement on Saturday, Fulham said: “Following further positive results from the most recent COVID-19 tests, the club can confirm that Sunday’s away game at Burnley was postponed following discussions with the Premier League and advice from medical teams.
“Those who tested positive self-isolate according to UK government and Premier League guidelines.
“The well-being of our players, staff and their families remains of the utmost importance, and we wish those who tested positive a speedy and safe recovery.”
It is the fourth Premier League game to be postponed this season due to coronavirus infections. In early December, Newcastle United and Aston Villa had their match canceled, while on Monday Manchester City requested that their clash with Everton be postponed after three other players tested positive.
However, Pep Guardiola’s team was able to return to training, after not registering any more positive cases, and his game with Chelsea on Sunday is ready to go ahead.