This is not the first time when Premier League had to suspend the fixtures following the rise in COVID-19 cases. The football world has been postponing games because of the virus. The same has forced Liverpool to suspend its game against Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers against Watford that was scheduled for Boxing Day.
The number of games that have been called off by the Premier League has now reached 12 within the last two weeks. The league had decided to keep playing the games with safety protocols but the rising cases resulted in the postponement.
“Following postponement requests from Leeds United and Watford as a result of COVID-19, the Premier League Board met this morning and regrettably agreed to call off the two affected clubs’ Boxing Day fixtures,” said Premier League in a statement, reports Reuters. The Board also apologised for the inconvenience and disruption that caused to the fans who had planned to attend the match as their festive plans.
Following postponement requests from @LUFC and @WatfordFC as a result of COVID-19, the Premier League Board met this morning and regrettably agreed to call off the two affected clubs’ Boxing Day fixtures
— Premier League (@premierleague) December 23, 2021
This is not the first game that has been called off of Watford, their two other games have been suspended before following a lack of players to appear in the field for the fixture. The League also told that they except that Watford will be able to play their fixture against West Ham United which is scheduled for December 28 because the players are now recovering and coming out of isolation.