Burnley vs Fulham match postponed after more positive Covid-19 cases

Burnley's Premier League clash with fellow strugglers Fulham has been postponed after more positive Covid-19 cases.

Fulham's recent match with Tottenham was called off due to a number of positive cases recorded at the Craven Cottage club.

There have reportedly been further positive cases, in addition to those earlier in the week, which has lead to the fixture with Burnley being postponed.

Scott Parker's men were due to train at the club's Motspur Park facility on Saturday morning ahead of their trip up north to Burnley.

But players were told not to attend the training ground this weekend.

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A Premier League statement read: "The match between Burnley v Fulham, due to be played at 12:00 GMT on Sunday 3 January, has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting this morning.

"After the postponement of their match against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, Fulham's players and staff were immediately retested and this morning have reported a further increase in positive COVID-19 cases.

"Following Fulham's request to rearrange the Burnley fixture, the Premier League's Board has taken into consideration further independent medical advice and decided to postpone the match due to the exceptional circumstances of the ongoing outbreak at the club.

"With the health of players and staff the priority, the League and Fulham will agree a further action plan to control the outbreak to allow the club to resume their season safely. Players and staff will now be retested as part of a revised testing schedule.

"With low numbers of positive tests across the overwhelming majority of clubs, the League continues to have confidence in its COVID-19 protocols, fully backed by the Government, to enable fixtures to be played as scheduled.

"The League wishes those with COVID-19 a safe and speedy recovery and will rearrange Fulham’s two postponed games as soon as possible."

Parker admitted uncertainty in the build-up to this weekend's game, after the Spurs fixture was cancelled last minute.

The Whites boss said on Friday: "I do not know whether the Burnley game will go ahead.

"Those who tested positive are in isolation. We had a number of positive tests.

"I do not know whether the Burnley game will be played or not. We have retesting over the last few days. We are preparing as best we can to go to Burnley and get some points."

The match is the third in the Premier League to be called off in recent weeks following Fulham's scheduled clash with Spurs and Manchester City's game with Everton.

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