Tottenham vs Brighton postponed due to Covid-19 outbreak among Spurs squad and staff

Thirteen players and staff have recorded positive tests for the coronavirus

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Tottenham’s match at Brighton on Sunday has been postponed by the Premier League after an outbreak of Covid-19 at the north London club.

Thirteen players and staff have recorded positive tests for the coronavirus, which led to Thursday night’s Europa Conference League match with French club Rennes being called off. And the Premier League has now followed Uefa’s lead after Spurs put in a request for Sunday’s game to be moved to some point later in the season.

A statement from Spurs read: “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.”

Rennes were not impressed with the late notice they received before the match was postponed, issuing a club statement which strongly hinted they would not be willing to play the match after the French winter break comes into force this month: “Stade Rennais FC hope that the interests of the club will be respected given the important sporting deadlines that await the Rouge et Noir this December.”

Spurs already have one extra game to fit into their season after their match against Burnley was called off two weeks ago due to heavy snowfall on the pitch. Along with the games against Rennes and Brighton, there is now doubt over the viability of their league game with Leicester next Thursday too – the Foxes are also enduring their own Covid outbreak, albeit on a smaller scale.

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