Premier League: West Ham vs Norwich AND Everton vs Leicester both postponed amid Covid chaos

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West Ham’s Premier League meeting with Norwich City is the latest game to be postponed as Covid cases continue to rise.

On Thursday alone, Leicester City vs Tottenham and Manchester United vs Brighton were both called off although the league themselves have stressed they intend to carry on with the fixture schedule.

West Ham were due to host Norwich on Saturday at 3pm at the London Stadium. Everton’s clash with Leicester scheduled for Sunday at Goodison Park has suffered the same fate.

“West Ham United can confirm that Saturday’s fixture against Norwich City at London Stadium will not go ahead as planned after the Premier League granted a request from Norwich to postpone the fixture,” read a statement on their official website.

The Premier League have issued a statement regarding the postponement, owing to “Norwich City having an insufficient number of players available to fulfil their match due to COVID-19, injuries and other illnesses.”

They continued: “The Board assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and COVID-19 postponement guidance issued to all clubs. It 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 Board must also consider the wider risks to the opposition and other people the club representatives may come into contact with.

“With the health and wellbeing of all players and staff the priority, and in light of the recent rise 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.”

“Following the postponement of the fixture, West Ham United can confirm that all general admission and hospitality tickets purchased for the match will remain valid for the rescheduled fixture. A new date for the fixture will be announced in due course.”

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