Manchester United’s Premier League game against Brentford on Tuesday was postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak among Red Devils players and staff.
United confirmed Monday that the club’s Carrington Training Complex would be closed for 24 hours “to minimize the risk of further infections.”
The Premier League board of directors has announced the decision to postpone the match, which is clarified in a statement released “following the directions of medical advisors”.
Manchester United said in a statement: “Given the cancellation of training and the interruption of the team, and with the health of the players and staff being the priority, the Club has asked for a reorganization of the match. Premier League has taken the decision to postpone on the basis of the indications of the medical consultants “.
Last Sunday’s match between Brighton and Hove Albion and Tottenham has also been postponed, after several positives confirmed between players and staff of the London club.
The pair of matches postponed comes as the Premier League recorded its highest COVID-19 case figures for a seven-day period after 42 positive tests were returned, surpassing 40 in January. The results come from a total of 3,805 tests carried out in the week from 6 to 12 December.
The Premier League added in a statement: “With the health of players and staff a priority and in light of the recent increase in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced emergency measures.
“These include protocols such as more frequent testing, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing, and limiting treatment time.”
Although details of the affected players and staff were not disclosed, Tottenham, Manchester United, Leicester City, Brighton and Aston Villa all revealed they have cases.
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