Increasing Covid-19 outbreaks at Leeds and Watford has called for the postponement of two premier league matches initially scheduled for Boxing day, Sunday 26th December 2021. This was said according to an official statement released today by the premier league.
Leeds was to travel to Liverpool and Watford was set to play at Wolverhampton as part of the Boxing Day program that had 9 games scheduled.
In total, the Premier League has now postponed 12 matches due to covid-19 related issues in two weeks, with players having to isolate after testing positive or if they are unvaccinated and a close contact of a COVID-19 case.
Games in lower leagues are also been cancelled as 6 out of 10 games in the championship have already been postponed.
After recording a total of 90 positive cases last week, the Premier League has urged players to get vaccinated with 16% yet to receive a single dose. While more than 90% of players in the Italian and Spanish leagues have been fully vaccinated, the Premier League had earlier said that only 77% of its players were “doubled vaxxed”.
Likewise, in Italy, Serie A is on a planned winter break, Serie B has postponed two entire rounds of games scheduled for Sunday and Wednesday following a series of positive cases that resulted in two matches being postponed in the previous round while the second division will resume Jan. 13.