By Laura Kemp • 15 January 2022 • 18:11
Tottenham v Arsenal derby postponed because of player absences.
The Tottenham v Arsenal Derby tomorrow, January 16, has been postponed due to the Gunners not having enough players to field a side.
The Premier League has accepted Arsenal’s request to call off the match saying: “The decision is a result of a combination of Covid-19, existing and recent injuries and players on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.”
This will be the 21st top-flight game to be postponed this season due to Covid.
The Gunners said they “reluctantly” requested to postpone the match and were “disappointed” that it had to be called off.
This is the second Premier League match scheduled for this weekend to be called off after Burnley’s game against Leicester City was postponed on Friday because of Covid and injuries.
The Premier League said: “All clubs are able to apply for a postponement if Covid-19 infections are a factor in their request.”
“Postponement rules are designed to protect the wellbeing of players and staff, while maintaining the sporting integrity of the competition.”
“Club requests are assessed on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and adapted Covid-19 postponement guidance, implemented in light of the Omicron variant,” added its statement.
“The board examines a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of Covid-19, and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match.”
“The detail within all applications is scrutinised by the league’s specialist staff before the board makes its decision.”
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