This post contains affiliate links. “As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”
The game was supposed to take place at Turf Moor on Sunday, but now it becomes the fourth Premier League game to be canceled in just under a month.
Fulham’s Premier League match against Burnley on Sunday was postponed after the London club reported a new outbreak of positive Covid-19 cases.
It is the second Cottagers game to be canceled due to the coronavirus in the space of five days after Wednesday’s game against Tottenham was also postponed, and it is the fourth Premier League game in total in just under a month. .
A Fulham statement read: “Following the new positive results obtained from the most recent Covid-19 tests, the club can confirm that this Sunday’s away game in Burnley has been 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.”
A Premier League statement added: “Following the postponement of their match against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, Fulham players and staff were immediately reassessed and this morning reported a further increase in positive Covid-19 cases.
Following Fulham’s request to reorganize Burnley’s game, the Premier League board has taken more independent medical advice into account and decided to postpone the match due to the exceptional circumstances of the club’s ongoing outbreak.
“With the health of the players and staff as a priority, the League and Fulham will agree on an additional plan of action to control the outbreak and allow the club to safely resume its season. Players and staff will now be retested as part of a revised testing program.
“With a low number of positive tests in the overwhelming majority of clubs, the League continues to rely on its COVID-19 protocols, fully supported by the government, to allow matches to be played as scheduled.”
Newcastle’s game against Aston Villa was the first game to be canceled in early December following an outbreak at the Magpies’ training ground. Manchester City’s game against Everton on Monday was also called off just four hours before kick-off due to an outbreak between the City team.
The postponements come as the UK battles a surge in coronavirus cases caused in part by a new, more communicable version of the disease.
That had prompted talk that the Premier League would halt the season for a few weeks to act as a ‘circuit breaker’ and suppress the spread of Covid-19.
However, the Premier League says it has no plans to pause the season, while West Ham Vice President Karren Brady says the clubs have never discussed such a proposal.