Premier League between Spurs and Brighton postponed
Tottenham Hotspur’s game against Brighton & Hove Albion has been postponed amid a COVID-19 outbreak at the north London club.
It was revealed on Wednesday that eight players at Tottenham and five members of Antonio Conte's staff had returned positive tests. Their match against Rennes in the Europa Conference League on Thursday has been delayed due to the situation at Spurs.
Now the Premier League have postponed Sunday’s match. Reports suggest that the Premier League has also written to clubs this evening about returning to ‘emergency measures’, as explained here.
Tottenham said in a statement: “We can confirm that our Premier League fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion, on Sunday 12 December at 2pm, has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting this afternoon (Thursday).
“The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone the game following guidance from medical advisers, with the health of players and staff the priority. The fixture will be rescheduled in due course.
“The Club requested the match to be rearranged following a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases among players and relevant staff.
“As with our other affected fixture, against Stade Rennais in the Europa Conference League, we shall update supporters with more information as soon as it is available.
“We should like to apologise to everyone at Stade Rennais and Brighton & Hove Albion and to both their supporters and ours for any inconvenience caused.
“We should also like to thank both clubs for their understanding during these challenging times.”
Brighton added in their own statement on Thursday night: “Tottenham asked for the match to be rearranged following a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases among players and relevant staff.”
On Wednesday, Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte admitted the club’s COVID-19 situation is “serious” and suggested everyone is “a bit scared” by the ongoing outbreak.