The Premier League match between Southampton and Newcastle has been postponed due to the number of Covid-19 cases and injuries in the Magpies squad.
A statement from the Premier League reads: “Southampton’s match against Newcastle United at St Mary’s Stadium, which is to be played at 14:00 BST on Sunday 2 January, has unfortunately been postponed.
“Newcastle continue to have ongoing cases of covid-19 and injuries that led to their match against Everton being suspended earlier this week.
“The board approved the deferral application as the club does not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfielders and a goalkeeper).
“The board was able to make its decision before the match to provide clarity to the affected clubs and their fans. We apologize for the inconvenience and disruption to the supporters’ party plans.
“The league is aware that recent decisions to postpone matches will disappoint fans and understand their frustrations at a particular time of year when fans are looking forward to participating and watching football matches.
“The league strives to provide as much clarity as possible, but unfortunately postponements must sometimes be made at short notice, as safety is our priority. Where possible, the league will strive to keep supporters updated if matches end up in the risk zone on a match day.”
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