Aston Villa vs Burnley called off hours before kick-off in Premier League


The Premier League will have just one Saturday fixture with Aston Villa registering more positive Covid cases leading to their clash with Burnley being called off hours before kick-off

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Aston Villa’s clash with Burnley in the Premier League has been postponed hours before kick-off – leaving just one game left standing.

Several fixtures have been called off as a result of the coronavirus outbreak and Steven Gerrard’s side returned more positive tests on the morning of the game.

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The fixture has now been called off meaning Leeds United vs Arsenal – due to kick-off at 5:30pm – is the only top flight game still going ahead.

An Aston Villa statement read: “Aston Villa can confirm that today’s Premier League fixture with Burnley has been postponed due to an increased amount of positive Covid-19 test results within our playing squad.

“The results of PCR tests, which were taken yesterday prior to training as well as Lateral Flow Tests, were received this morning and confirmed further depletion of our playing squad which was already impacted upon for our trip to Norwich in midweek.

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Aston Villa vs Burnley has been called off


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“All individuals who tested positive are now isolating in line with Premier League and government guidance and protocols.

“The Club is extremely sorry for the inconvenience caused to Burnley Football Club, both our own supporters and the Burnley fans due to attend the fixture but have acted as swiftly as possible this morning to minimise disruption. “

Speaking about the situation on Friday, Villa boss Gerrard said: “We’re in constant dialogue with the Premier League and we’ve let them know that we are in a delicate situation.

“I am probably speaking to the doctor at the moment more times than my wife, which isn’t a good thing. It lets you know you are facing a bigger challenge than you would in a normal situation.

Steven Gerrard’s Villa side were hit by more positive cases ahead of the game

“As I sit here right now we’re ready and prepared to play, and we’re looking forward to playing.”

Manchester United vs Brighton, Southampton vs Brentford, Watford vs Crystal Palace and West Ham vs Norwich were already called off ahead of the weekend.

Newcastle vs Manchester City, Chelsea vs Wolves and Tottenham vs Liverpool are all still due to take place on Sunday.

Individuals have been split as to whether they think the season should be temporarily halted.

Brentford manager Thomas Frank has led calls for the Premier League to be temporarily halted

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has called for a stop to the season to stem the spread.

“We think we should postpone the full round of Premier League games this weekend,” he said on Thursday morning.

“Covid cases are going through the roof at all Premier League clubs, everyone is dealing with it and having problems.

“To postpone this round and also the Carabao Cup round would give everyone a week at least, or four or five days to clean and do everything at the training ground so everything is clean and you break the chain.”

Jurgen Klopp disagrees the Premier League should be immediately halted


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Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp, who has been a major advocate of getting players vaccinated, is not in agreement that halting fixtures is the answer, however.

He said: “Stopping the league is probably not the right thing but with the schedule we have to be more flexible.

“So far football kept it pretty much outside with the testing regimes, the massive disciplinary things for the boys did really well, but this time it is really difficult.

“I don’t see the massive benefit of it [stopping the Premier League] because we come back [and] it is still the same.”

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