Southampton vs Newcastle the second Premier League fixture of the New Year to be postponed due to Covid-19

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Southampton vs Newcastle the second Premier League fixture of the New Year to be postponed due to Covid-19
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Southampton’s match with Newcastle has become the second Premier League game of the weekend called off due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

The Mapgies’ squad has been hit by injuries and positive tests for the virus, which also led to their trip to Everton being called off.

Ahead of the New Year’s round of matches, Norwich’s game at Leicester was also called off following a Covid outbreak.

A Premier League statement on Friday confirmed: “Southampton's match against Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium, due to be played at 2pm on Sunday 2 January, has regrettably been postponed.

“Newcastle continue to have ongoing COVID-19 cases and injuries that led to their match against Everton being called off earlier this week.

“The Board accepted the postponement application as the club do not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper).

“The Board was able to make its decision in advance of the fixture to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters' festive plans.

“The League is aware that the decisions recently to postpone matches will disappoint supporters and understands their frustrations at a special time of year when fans look forward to attending and watching football games.

“The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority. Where possible, the League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if games become at risk on a matchday.”

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