Official: Manchester United vs Brighton postponed amid COVID-19 outbreak

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.

Can the Premier League continue?

Amid such high numbers of postponements, and in the interest of both player and fan safety, should the Premier League be suspended?

At present, it seems unlikely, given the stance taken by the Premier League on Twitter, who said:

“It is the League’s intention to continue its current fixture schedule where safely possible”

However, as per Rob Dawson of ESPN:

“Premier League chiefs have been informed that with rising case numbers being fuelled by the omicron variant, there would be support for suspending games until the weekend of 8-9 January, when FA Cup third-round ties are due to take place,” they write.

“Under the proposal, Premier League games would restart on 15 January.

“Officially, the Premier League is still considering postponements on a case-by-case basis. The Premier League did not immediately respond to a request for comment when asked about plans for a shutdown by ESPN.”

With such high numbers, could the Premier League be left with no choice?

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