The Premier League have confirmed that Newcastle’s clash with Manchester City tomorrow will still go according to plan – for now.
Six high-level matches have already fallen victim to the coronavirus as epidemics continue to plague clubs across the country.
Aston Villa v Burnley are the last game to be rescheduled due to several confirmed cases in Villa squad – just hours before the game kicks off.
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Brentford manager Thomas Frank has called for all Premier League games to be postponed ahead of his side’s trip to Southampton – which was later called off – to help ‘break the chain’ of Covid that is currently disrupting English play .
Eddie Howe has also sought clarification from top chiefs following Newcastle’s 3-1 loss to Liverpool, raising concerns over the integrity of the league if some clubs were to have multiple games in hand against others.
However, the Premier League has optimistically refused to reschedule further matches and issued a statement following Villa’s postponement against Burnley.
He said: “Due to more positive cases in the Aston Villa squad today, the Premier League board unfortunately had to postpone the club’s home game against Burnley, which is scheduled to start at 15:00 GMT this afternoon.
“The League understands that the decision to postpone the game at such a short notice will frustrate and disappoint fans, and apologize for the inconvenience and disruption caused.
“The remaining four Premier League games due to be played this weekend are currently expected to go as planned.
“The Council assesses match postponement requests on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and COVID-19 postponement guidelines issued to all clubs. “
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