Following a Premier League Board meeting held today to discuss Watford FC’s scheduled clash against Burnley on Tuesday January 18, the League has tonight issued the following statement:
Burnley FC’s rearranged fixture against Watford FC at Turf Moor, due to be played at 7:30pm on Tuesday January 18, has regrettably been postponed.
The Premier League Board accepted Burnley’s application with the club having fewer than the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper), due to ongoing Covid-19 cases, injuries and representation at the Africa Cup of Nations. This follows Burnley’s home game against Leicester City on Saturday being called off.
The League apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters who would have attended or watched the game - we are fully aware that postponements disappoint clubs and fans. The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority. Where possible, the League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if games become at risk.
The Premier League’s postponement rules are designed to protect the wellbeing of players and staff, while maintaining the sporting integrity of the competition. Club requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and adapted Covid-19 postponement guidance, implemented in light of the Omicron variant. The Board examines a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of Covid-19; and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match. The detail within all applications is scrutinised by the League’s specialist staff before the Board makes its decision.
Click here to read the updated guidance on the Premier League’s match postponement process.