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Covid cancellations in football: Which games have been called off? What are the Premier League rules?

On December 13, the Premier League announced 42 new positive coronavirus cases among club players and staff – the highest weekly figure recorded since the release of testing results began in May last year.

Which games involving Premier League clubs have been called off due to Covid-19? And what are the Premier League rules?

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Which games have been called off in Premier League?

Tottenham vs Rennes – Thursday December 9 – Europa Conference League

Tottenham’s game with Rennes will not reschedule and also has referred to a disciplinary panel, UEFA has confirmed.

Brighton vs Tottenham – Sunday December 12 – Premier League

A date for the rearranged fixture will announce soon.

Sheffield Utd vs QPR – Monday December 13 – Championship

Brentford vs Man Utd – Tuesday December 14 – Premier League

Manchester United made a request to the Premier League to postpone the fixture after being forced to close first-team operations at their training ground on December 13.

Burnley vs Watford – Wednesday December 15 – Premier League

Burnley announced two-and-a-half hours before kick-off that the scheduled Premier League match against Watford at Turf Moor has been postponed. They said, “due to an ongoing Covid outbreak within the opposition squad”. A date for the rearranged fixture will announce in due course.

Man City Women vs Leicester City Women – Wednesday December 15 – League Cup

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Manchester City’s Continental Tyres Cup tie at Leicester City has been postponed after they reported further positive Covid-19 cases. The Football Association took the decision to postpone Wednesday’s match after Man City, who previously had two cases, confirmed more positive tests. The match will reschedule in due course.

QPR vs Swansea – Saturday December 18 – Championship


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What are the Premier League rules?

The 2021/22 EPL handbook includes Covid protocols, and states the Premier League’s board will “only permit the rearrangement or postponement of a league match in exceptional circumstances”.

The board make calls on a case-by-case basis, and by way of guidance the EPL says permission for a postponement will not be granted if a club have 14 or more players from their squad list available.

How many positive tests in Premier League?

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The week of December 6 to December 12 saw the highest number of positive tests in the Premier League, with 42 compared with 12 the previous week (November 29 to December 5).

It was also the highest weekly figure. It has recorded since the release of testing results began in May last year.

December 6 to December 12 did see the highest number of tests taken this season, with 3,805.

August 2 to August 8 – 3,118 tested; 9 positive
August 9 to August 15 – 3,231 tests; 11 positive
August 16 to August 22 – 3,060 tests; 16 positive
August 23 to August 29 – 3,020 tests; six positive
August 30 to September 5 – 1,952 tests; two positive


September 6 to September 12 – 3,039 tests; three positive
September 13 to September 19 – 3,154 tests; two positive
September 20 to September 26 – 3,010 tests; one positive
September 27 to October 3 – 2,927 tests; four positive
October 4 to October 10 – 1,696 tests; zero positive
October 11 to October 17 – 3,044 tests; six positive
October 18 to October 24 – 3,209 tests; four positive
October 25 to October 31 – 3,006 tests; four positive


November 1 to November 7 – 2,953 tests; three positive
November 8 to November 14 – 1,647 tests; four positive
November 15 to November 21 – 3,188 tests; six positive
November 22 to November 28 – 3,379 tests; seven positive
November 29 to December 5 – 3,154 tests; 12 positive
December 6 to December 12 – 3,805 tests; 42 positive

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