Premier League make Covid-19 protocol U-turn in Everton vs Man City postponement

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The Premier League appear to have made a U-turn on their Covid-19 protocol for this season after calling off Monday night’s clash between Everton and Manchester City.

The two sides were due to meet at Goodison Park, but is has been cancelled due to an outbreak of coronavirus in the City ranks.

The Premier League had said that games would go ahead even if clubs suffered multiple cases of Covid.

This is to ensure that the already crammed fixture schedule does not build up any more.

However, following the positive tests on Christmas Day for Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus, as well as up to five more positive tests in the Sky Blues camp, Monday’s game has been called off.

A club statement from the Sky Blues read: “Manchester City FC can confirm that this evening’s Premier League fixture at Everton has been postponed.

“After the latest round of Covid-19 testing, the club returned a number of positive cases, in addition to the four already reported on Christmas Day.

“With the security of the bubble compromised, there posed a risk that the virus could spread further amongst the squad, the staff and potentially beyond.

“Based on strong medical advice the Premier League, in consultation with both clubs, have decided to postpone the fixture.

“All positive cases involving players and staff will observe a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine.

The first team training ground at City Football Academy will close for an indeterminate period, with the squad and associated bubble undergoing testing before any decision is made for training to resume.”

Apart from Walker and Jesus, it has not yet been revealed who has tested positive from City.

Preparations for the match had continued as normal after the pair tested positive, and the match was only called off hours before kick off on Monday evening.

  • Premier League
  • Manchester City FC
  • Everton FC
  • Coronavirus

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