The clash at Villa Park became the latest to be postponed as the clubs were hit by the COVID-19 variant Omicron in the UK.
Villa released a statement on Saturday read: “Aston Villa can confirm that today’s Premier League game against Burnley has been postponed due to the growing number of positive COVID-19 tests in our squad. .
“The results of the PCR tests, performed yesterday before training as well as the Side Stream Test, were received this morning and confirm the further deterioration of our competitive roster has been impact for our trip to Norwich midweek.
“All individuals who have tested positive are currently in isolation in accordance with government and Premier League procedures and guidelines.
“The club is deeply sorry for the inconvenience caused to Burnley Football Club, both our supporters and Burnley fans due to having to attend the match but acted as quickly as possible. possible this morning to minimize disruption.”
The match was scheduled to start at 3pm UK time but the postponement was announced just hours earlier.
Burnley chairman Alan Pace, who served as CEO of Real Salt Lake, tweeted: “Very disappointed like all of you that today’s game has been postponed.
Very disappointed like all of you that today’s match has been postponed. I know many of you, just like I went to Villa and now face the long journey home. I ask all players, officials and spectators to stay safe. https://t.co/DuFQgz3iSq
– Alan Pace (@AlanPaceBFC) December 18, 2021
“I know many of you, just like I was going to Villa and now face a long journey home. I ask all the players, officials and spectators to stay safe.”
It became the sixth match to be postponed this weekend after Manchester United compared to Brighton, Southampton compare to Brentford, Watford compare to Crystal Palace, West Ham United compare to Norwich City, and the Everton vs Leicester match was also postponed.
The Premier League also released a statement on the postponement of the match read: “After reviewing all the new information provided by Villa this morning and receiving separate medical advice, the Board of Directors has approved the request made by the club There are not enough players to join a team.
“This decision is based on the number of cases of COVID-19, injuries and illnesses. The federation understands that the decision to postpone the match for such a short period of time will upset supporters and disappoint them, and apologizes. for the inconvenience and disruption caused.
“The remaining four Premier League matches that will take place this weekend are currently proceeding as planned.
“The board evaluates applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on current rules and COVID-19 postponement guidance issued to all clubs.”
https://www.espn.com/soccer/aston-villa-engaston_villa/story/4550888/aston-villa-burnley-postponed-hours-before-kickoff-due-to-positive-covid-19-cases Aston Villa-Burnley postponed several hours before kick-off due to positive cases of COVID-19