As the coronavirus spreads among players and staff, Manchester United’s game against Brighton on Saturday was shortly followed by games featuring Brentford, Watford, Norwich, and Leicester.
Following the announcement on Thursday morning that Manchester United’s game against Brighton on Saturday was off, the Premier League later confirmed four more fixtures would be postponed:
- Southampton vs Brentford – Saturday December 18, 3pm
- Watford v Crystal Palace – Saturday December 18, 3pm
- West Ham United vs Norwich City – Saturday December 18, 3pm
- Everton vs Leicester City – Sunday December 19, 12pm
It now means five of the 10 matches scheduled for the weekend have been scratched from the schedule with the only games set to take place on Saturday now being Aston Villa’s home game against Burnley and Leeds vs Arsenal.
The Premier League, on the other hand, is resisting a complete weekend program suspension, saying in a statement that “all other fixtures set to be played this weekend are now scheduled to proceed as planned.”