Man Utd v Brighton postponed because of Covid-19 outbreak
Manchester United’s Premier League fixture at home to Brighton on Saturday has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the club, but the Premier League intends to “continue its current fixture schedule where safely possible”.
The Premier League made the decision to call off the game based on “guidance from medical advisors” following a coronavirus outbreak among United’s squad and backroom staff.
Training operations at the club’s Carrington complex have also been suspended for “a short period” to help reduce the risk of further transmission.
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A club statement read: “Manchester United can confirm that our Premier League fixture against Brighton, scheduled for Saturday 18 December at 12:30, has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course.
“The health of players and staff is our priority. Given the number of players and support staff having to isolate due to Covid-19, the Club had no option other than to request the match be rearranged. The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone based on guidance from medical advisors.
“We will also suspend football training operations at The Carrington Training Complex for a short period to help reduce risk of further transmission.
“We regret any disappointment and inconvenience caused to fans by the postponement.”
Manchester United’s trip to Brentford on Tuesday, Watford’s visit to Burnley, and Leicester’s home match against Tottenham are the other Premier League games to have been called off so far this week.
The postponement of United’s game against Brighton comes hours after Brentford head coach Thomas Frank called on the Premier League to suspend this weekend’s round of fixtures, with several top-flight clubs struggling to contain Covid-19 outbreaks.