Manchester United’s home clash against Brighton on Saturday was postponed amid the COVID outbreak at Old Trafford, it has been confirmed.
However, the Prime Minister has indicated his intention that other meetings will proceed as planned when they are safe.
A statement read Thursday: “It is with regret that this is the fourth Premier League game to be postponed last week.
“While acknowledging that a number of clubs are experiencing outbreaks of COVID-19, the league intends to continue their current fixture list as safely as possible. The health and well-being of all concerned remains our priority.
“As for the Manchester United game on Saturday, the club continue to have an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak within their squad which has kept them from fielding a squad for the game at Old Trafford.
“A significant number of COVID-19 cases led to their game against Brentford FC being canceled earlier this week, and today additional positive tests have been confirmed.
“The board assesses match postponement requests on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and COVID-19 postponement guidelines issued to all clubs. He will assess a number of factors, including a club’s ability to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club; and the ability of players to prepare for and play the game safely. The board should also take into account the broader risks to the opposition and other people the club may come into contact with.
“In light of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced emergency measures. These include protocols such as more frequent testing, wearing face covers indoors, respecting social distancing, and limiting treatment time. “
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