Premier League

Southampton vs Newcastle postponed due to Covid-19 & injuries

Jude Summerfield
The game was due to take place at St Mary's
The game was due to take place at St Mary's / Mike Hewitt/GettyImages
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The Premier League fixture between Southampton and Newcastle has been postponed due to the number of Covid-19 cases and injuries in the Magpies' squad.

It's the second game this weekend to be called off, joining Leicester vs Norwich on the scrapheap of postponed games.

A statement from the Premier League reads: "Southampton's match against Newcastle United at St Mary's Stadium, due to be played at 14:00 BST 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."

The Telegraph report that Southampton are angry with the late decision and have lodged a complaint with the Premier League regarding the 'lack of transparency' over the process.

Games are called off on a case by case basis, with Liverpool's trip to Chelsea now also in doubt after Jurgen Klopp revealed he has three new cases of Covid-19 in his playing squad.

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