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More Covid chaos in Premier League as Wolves' trip to Arsenal called off

The Premier League confirmed this evening that Wolves had been successful in their postponement request

Arsenal’s game on Tuesday at home to Wolves has been postponed.

The Premier League confirmed this evening that Wolves had been successful in their postponement request.

The away side reported that they do not have enough the minimum number of players to field a team due to Covid cases within the camp.

Earlier today, the Premier League board confirmed that Leeds United’s home game against Aston Villa, also due to be played on December 28th, would also be postponed.

“Arsenal FC’s match against Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Emirates Stadium, due to be played at 12:30pm on Tuesday 28 December, has regrettably been postponed,” the Premier League announced in a statement on Sunday evening.

“The Premier League Board accepted the postponement application as Wolverhampton Wanderers does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper) as a result of a number of COVID-19 cases and injuries at the club.”

“The Board was able to make its decision in advance of the fixture to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans.”

“We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters’ festive plans.”

Premier League: "We understand fans' frustrations"

The Premier League's statement continued: “The League is aware that the decisions this week to postpone matches will disappoint supporters, and understands their frustrations at a special time of year when fans look forward to attending and watching football games.”

“The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority.”

“Where possible, the League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if games become at risk on a matchday.”

“The Board assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and adapted COVID-19 postponement guidance, implemented in light of the new Omicron variant.” 

“The Board will assess a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club; and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match.” 

The Premier League added: “The Board must also consider the wider risks to the opposition and other people the club representatives may come into contact with.” 

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