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Manchester United vs Brentford postponed as Premier League announces record-high positive Covid tests

Tuesday’s Premier League fixture between Brentford and Manchester United has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak within the United squad as the league grapples with a surge in cases.

The game’s rescheduling follows the Premier League’s announcement on Monday of a record-high 42 new positive Covid-19 tests between Dec 6 and Dec 12 — more than triple the previous week’s total of 12 and eclipsing the largest recorded weekly total of 40 in January.

A statement from the league announced a return to its “emergency measures,” which include protocols on wearing face coverings indoors, observing social distancing, limiting treatment time, as well as an increase in lateral flow and PCR testing of players and staff.

“We will continue to work closely with the Government, local authorities and supporter groups, while being responsive to any future changes to national or local guidance,” the Premier League said.

Brentford’s scheduled hosting of United had been cast into doubt on Monday afternoon after the visitors announced the 24-hour closure of their Carrington Training Complex due to a number of positive Covid-19 cases among first team staff and players.

A statement from United said that those who tested positive were isolating and that the club were in discussions with the Premier League over the continuation of the Brentford fixture.

The league later confirmed that the game had been postponed “following guidance from medical advisers due to the exceptional circumstances” of United’s Covid-19 outbreak and would be rearranged at a later date.

Both clubs released statements regarding the postponement recognizing the “inconvenience” caused to fans, with United confirming that they had requested the game’s rearrangement.

“We appreciate that there will be many fans who will be inconvenienced with the fixture postponement and we apologize for the disruption, which was out of our control,” Brentford’s statement read.

“But we respect the Premier League’s decision and acknowledge that the health and safety of both clubs’ players and staff must always come first.”


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