Premier League decimated as matches called off

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Coronavirus outbreaks astatine Leeds and Watford person led to 2 Premier League matches scheduled for Sunday being postponed successful the latest disruption to the contention caused by cases rising successful squads.

Leeds was owed to question to Liverpool and Watford was acceptable to play astatine Wolverhampton arsenic portion of the Boxing Day programme that inactive features 7 games.

The Premier League has present called disconnected 12 matches owed to coronavirus issues successful 2 weeks, with players having to isolate aft investigating affirmative oregon if they are unvaccinated and a adjacent interaction of a COVID-19 case.

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"The league is alert that the determination to postpone these 2 matches volition disappoint supporters and understands their frustrations astatine a peculiar clip of twelvemonth erstwhile fans look guardant to attending and watching shot games," the Premier League said successful a connection connected Thursday.

Games are besides being wiped retired little down the leagues, with six of Sunday's 10 matches successful the second-tier Championship postponed.

The Leeds grooming crushed has been closed to incorporate the dispersed of the coronavirus, with 5 caller affirmative cases among the squad and unit reported connected Thursday.

Raphinha of Leeds United - the nine has been deed hard by COVID-19. (Getty)

"All of the cases we person experienced are asymptomatic which we judge is owed to our precocious vaccine take-up," Leeds said. "The affirmative cases, combined with our well-documented wounded issues, means that we would not person capable recognised first-team players to conscionable the Premier League requirements for the fixture."

Watford told the league that with players coming retired of isolation it expects to beryllium capable to play West Ham connected Tuesday.

Confirmed coronavirus cases successful Britain, wherever the omicron variant is present dominant, person surged by astir 60 per cent successful a week.

After signaling a grounds 90 affirmative cases past week, the Premier League urged players to get vaccinated with 16 per cent yet to person a azygous dose. While much than 90 per cent of players successful the Italian and Spanish leagues person been afloat vaccinated, the Premier League said Monday that lone 77 per cent of its players were doubled jabbed.

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