Premier League

Burnley request postponement of Premier League clash with Watford

Jack Gallagher
Burnley v Watford may be called off
Burnley v Watford may be called off / James Gill - Danehouse/GettyImages

Burnley have submitted an application for their upcoming Premier League meeting with Watford to be postponed.

The game was scheduled to be played on Tuesday 18th January at Turf Moor, and was set to be Burnley's first Premier League game since 2nd January.

A statement released by Burnley regarding the request reads:

"Burnley Football Club can confirm it has made an application to the Premier League for the postponement of Tuesday night’s match at home to Watford.

"The decision was reluctantly made to submit the application due to a high number of injuries and Covid-19 cases within the squad.

"The Premier League Board will meet later today to review the application and inform both clubs of its decision."

Premier League rules dictate that a match must be fulfilled if 13 outfield players and at least one goalkeeper are available for selection - it has not been confirmed by Burnley just how many players they currently have available.

The request from Burnley comes after a weekend of controversy regarding postponements. Many pundits and fans alike were enraged by the decision to call off Sunday's north London derby clash at Arsenal's request.

People were critical of the postponement because Arsenal had loaned out two players earlier in the week, meaning they did not have enough players to field for the game.

Speaking at the weekend, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville expressed his annoyance at the news:

'If it was purely down to Covid in extraordinary circumstances and there were 10 or 15 players out. But we’re now talking about teams for the last few weeks where there’s no doubt they’ve been calling games off based on whether they think they've got the best squad or team to win a game. It’s got to stop,”