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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