The number of Premier League games canceled due to COVID-19 outbreaks has increased to 12 in the past two weeks, but the league said it was its intention to keep playing games “where safely possible”.
“Due to postponement requests from Leeds United and Watford due to COVID-19, the Premier League board met this morning and regrettably agreed to cancel the games on Boxing Day for the two clubs concerned,” a statement said.
“The board was able to take its decisions today before Boxing Day to provide clarity to the clubs and their supporters. We apologize for the inconvenience and the interruption of these fans’ festive plans.”
The league said Leeds could not have played the game due to a number of players with COVID-19, injuries and illnesses.
Watford, which had already canceled two games this month, still do not have enough players to field a team, the league said.
“With players coming out of isolation, Watford is expected to be available against West Ham United on Tuesday 28 December,” added the league.
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