Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur Premier League game scheduled to take place tonight has been postponed due to the outbreak of covid-19 at Leicester.
Leicester City had to write to the Premier League twice to convince the league body to postpone the game due to the rising cases of the virus at the club.
The Premier League was left with no choice but to postpone the game when Leicester City confirmed new cases on Thursday morning, December 16, 2021.
Due to the outbreak, Leicester City have shut down their training camp for 48 hours to checkmate the spread of the virus.
“Leicester City can confirm that the Premier League Board has decided to postpone Thursday night’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur,” a club statement said.
“The decision was taken with guidance from medical advisors after the Club resubmitted its application for postponement after confirmation this morning (Thursday) of further positive tests for Covid-19 within the first-team squad. As a result, the club has an insufficient number of First Team players available to fulfill the match.”
While a statement from Premier League read: “The Premier League Board has postponed Leicester City’s match against Tottenham Hotspur tonight due to an increase in positive COVID-19 cases within Leicester’s squad today.
“In light of the new information, Leicester applied this morning for the fixture to be called off due to an ongoing outbreak within the squad, which has resulted in more players and staff testing positive for Covid-19 today.
“This has left the club with an insufficient number of players available to fulfill the match.”
Leicester City can confirm that the Premier League Board has decided to postpone Thursday night’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur.— Leicester City (@LCFC) December 16, 2021
As it stands, two Premier League games involving Tottenham Hotspurs have been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Recall that ahead of last weekend’s fixtures, the Premier League granted Spurs’ request to postpone their league game against Brighton. Also, Spurs’ Europa Conference League game had to be postponed due to the same situation.
Aside from Tottenham games, Manchester United’s Premier League game against Brentford had to be postponed due to an outbreak of the virus at United. Also, the league game between Watford and Burnley was postponed due to the virus.
Meanwhile, the coach of Brighton, Graham Potter had told reporters how the Premier League failed to grant his club’s request for their game against Wolves to be postponed.
According to the coach, ahead of the league game which ended 0-1 in favor of Wolves, Brighton recorded several coronavirus cases and a number of the club’s players were injured but the Premier League failed to declare the game canceled.
The coach said: “You obviously have to think everyone is doing things with the best intentions. There will be frustration with that.
“It would be better if it was more transparent but at the same time, you’re talking about medical information so I don’t know how transparent that can be. I think the path we’re on, I’m not sure how long we can stay on it for.
“We all want football to continue, want life to continue as best as we can but clearly health is the most important thing.
“We’ve got some issues ourselves and this week has been a little bit disturbing in terms of how quickly we’ve been affected. If that carries on then we’ll have to have some serious thought (about action being suspended).”