Aston Villa vs Everton postponed by Premier League and Newcastle United clash rearranged – Birmingham Live

Aston Villa vs Everton postponed by Premier League and Newcastle United clash rearranged – Birmingham Live

Aston Villa’s clash against Everton, due to be played on Sunday, has been postponed.

The Premier League confirmed the decision on Thursday after Villa requested for the game to be called off due to the coronavirus outbreak at the club.

Villa’s first-team squad went into isolation last week after nine players and five members of staff returned positive tests.

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Wednesday night’s fixture against Tottenham was postponed at the start of the week and the Everton match has now gone the same way.

A Premier League statement confirmed: “Aston Villa’s home match against Everton, scheduled to be played on Sunday 17 January at 12:00 GMT, has been postponed by the Premier League Board.

“Following the rescheduling of Villa’s fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, which was due to be played last night, a significant number of players and staff remain in isolation.

“As a result, the Premier League Board has agreed to Aston Villa’s request to postpone their match on Sunday.”

The meeting with Everton had been pushed back from Saturday evening to Sunday at noon but Villa are unable to fulfill the fixture with players still in isolation.

It was also announced Newcastle United’s visit to Villa Park has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 23 (8pm kick-off).

The statement added: “Newcastle United’s postponed match at Aston Villa, which was due to be played on 4 December 2020, has been rescheduled and will now be played on Saturday 23 January at 20:00 GMT, live on Sky Sports.

“The Premier League, in consultation with its clubs, has enhanced its COVID-19 protocols, in addition to reimplementing a twice-weekly testing programme as the health of players and staff remains the priority.

“The protocols, which strengthen key elements of the existing guidance, came into immediate effect last week.”

Newcastle had been scheduled to face Villa on December 4 but the match was called off because of a similar coronavirus outbreak at the Magpies’ training ground.