English Football League confirm 19 matches postponed amid Covid-19 outbreak

The English Football League has confirmed 19 games this weekend have been postponed due to Covid-19 outbreaks at clubs.

The Premier League has already confirmed five matches have been called off this weekend and the EFL has now followed suit with a statement.

With positive cases of coronavirus at an all-time record high in the UK due to the new Omicron variant sweeping the nations, football clubs across the country are losing players to positive results and isolation.

In a statement, the EFL confirmed all postponed matches would be rearranged at a later date as they urged footballers and club staff to get fully vaccinated.

‘In total, 19 games have been postponed for this weekend’s round of EFL fixtures due to a rise in COVID-19 cases at Clubs, with rearrangements to be confirmed in due course,’ read the statement.

‘Throughout the pandemic, supporting the health and safety of players, staff and supporters has been the EFL’s primary priority and supporting the wellbeing of the country with the rise of the Omicron variant is vital.

‘To help protect players, yesterday the EFL moved to implement a regime of enhanced training ground protocols, and increased testing, alongside encouraging all eligible players and staff to get fully vaccinated and a booster jab to help protect colleagues and minimise the risk of fixtures being postponed.’

17 EFL fixtures remain scheduled to take place this weekend but fans attending will need to comply with the requirement for Covid Certification.

Postponed Fixtures– Saturday 18 December

Sky Bet Championship

Cardiff City v Derby County

Coventry City v Stoke City

Millwall v Preston

QPR v Swansea City

Reading v Luton Town

Sky Bet League One

AFC Wimbledon v Portsmouth

Bolton Wanderers v Wycombe Wanderers

Burton v MK Dons

Gillingham v Crewe Alexandra

Lincoln City v Doncaster Rovers

Sheffield Wednesday v Accrington Stanley

Sky Bet League Two

Carlisle United v Bradford City

Colchester United v Hartlepool United

Crawley Town v Oldham Athletic

Forest Green Rovers v Mansfield Town

Northampton Town v Barrow

Port Vale v Exeter City

Scunthorpe United v Bristol Rovers

Swindon Town v Walsall

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