The Boxing Day clash between Burnley and Everton has been postponed due to Covid-19 cases and injuries in the away side’s squad, the Premier League has confirmed.
The game becomes the third fixture scheduled for Boxing Day to be postponed after Leeds’ trip to Liverpool and the clash between Wolves and Watford were called off on Thursday.
Everton had initially requested the game be postponed earlier this week due to a number of positive tests combined with injuries in the squad leaving them with a depleted line-up, however the request was denied.
The Premier League board then met on Friday morning and took the decision to call of the fixture.
A statement on the Official Premier League Website said: ‘The Premier League Board has this morning regrettably approved Everton’s request to postpone their Boxing Day away fixture at Burnley.
‘Everton were due to travel to Turf Moor to play on Sunday, at 15:00 GMT. The Board reviewed the club’s request today to postpone the match following further injuries to their squad. They concluded that the club will not be able to fulfil their fixture this weekend as a result of an insufficient number of players available to play due to COVD-19 cases and injuries.
‘The Board this morning was able to make its decision in advance of Boxing Day to give clarity to clubs and their fans. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to those supporters’ festive plans.
‘The League is aware that the decisions this week to postpone three matches on Boxing Day will disappoint supporters, and understands their frustrations at a special time of year when fans look forward to attending and watching football games.’
The decision comes after a meeting between Premier League and all the managers to discuss the ongoing situation, but Tottenham boss Antonio Conte believes it was a waste of time.
Conte said: “I have to be honest I think that it was a meeting where we tried to speak, and some coaches tried to speak and ask about solutions.
“But I think that everything was decided. And I think yesterday was a wall, and for this reason also I don’t want to go into the discussion.”
On whether he felt it was a waste of time, Conte added: “I think so. Because when you have a wall in front of you, you can ask and speak about what you want, but every decision was taken.”