The Premier League match between Burnley and Watford has been called off due to an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within the Hornets’ squad.
Wednesday's clash betweenBurnley
at Turf Moor was called off two-and-a-half hours before kick-off as visiting side became the latest team to be hit with the coronavirus.
The Premier League board announced the postponement of the game with a statement, which explained the decision was made "following guidance from medical advisers".
"The Premier League understands this decision will disappoint and frustrate fans who were due to attend this evening’s game and apologizes for the inconvenience and disruption caused at such short notice,"
the statement said
"In considering any application to postpone, the board considers a range of sporting and medical factors. Each decision is taken on a case-by-case basis with everyone’s health of utmost importance."
Burnley-Watford becomes the third Premier League match to be postponed this season.Manchester United
's game atBrentford
were the other fixtures.
On Monday, the Premier League announced it has reverted to "emergency measures" followinga record number of 42 players and staff testing positive for coronavirus in the past week
"In light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced emergency measures,"
the statement continued
"These include protocols such as more frequent testing, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time."
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