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Manchester United’s Premier League fixture against Brighton is the latest to be postponed as Coronavirus continues to cause havoc in the English top-flight. The Red Devils are believed to have as many as 19 positive Covid-19 cases among their first-team squad and staff. 

It becomes the fifth Premier League fixture to be called off in the last week, including United’s trip to Brentford which was scheduled for Tuesday. 

Ralf Rangnick was reportedly due to have just seven first-team players available when positive coronavirus cases and injuries are taken into account. 

A Man Utd statement read: “Manchester United can confirm that our Premier League fixture against Brighton & Hove Albion has been postponed and will be rescheduled in due course. 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.” 

A Premier League statement added: “’It is with regret that this is the fourth Premier League fixture to have been postponed in the past week.  

“While recognising a number of clubs are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, it is the league’s intention to continue its current fixture schedule where it’s safely possible. The health and wellbeing of all concerned remains our priority. 

“The Board assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and COVID-19 postponement guidance issued to all clubs.  

“It will assess a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club – and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match.  

“The Board must also consider the wider risks to the opposition and other people the club may come into contact with. 

“In light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced Emergency Measures. 

“These include protocols such as more frequent testing, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time.”

Brentford became the first club to call for the weekend’s Premier League fixtures to be called off. Brentford boss Thomas Frank said on Thursday that he believes no more domestic football should be played until boxing day. 

“We think we should postpone the full round of Premier League games this weekend,” Frank said. 

“Covid cases are going through the roof at all Premier League clubs, everyone is dealing with it and having problems. 

“To postpone this round and also the Carabao Cup round would give everyone a week at least, or four or five days to clean and do everything at the training ground so everything is clean and you break the chain.” 





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