Premier League: Boxing Day fixture of Burnley v Everton postponed amid COVID-19 cases and injuries Photograph:( AFP )
It is the third Boxing Day fixture to be postponed after Liverpool v Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford were called off on Thursday.
COVID-19 cases and injuries at Everton forced the Premier League to accept the club's request for a postponement and called of their Boxing Day fixture away at Burnley, the league said on Friday.
It is the 13th Premier League game to be called off due to COVID-19 and third Boxing Day fixture to be postponed after Liverpool v Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers v Watford were called off on Thursday.
Everton manager Rafael Benitez said on Thursday that his club had a request to postpone Sunday`s match rejected by the Premier League, adding it was unfair as he had six injuries and five players down with COVID-19.
"The Board reviewed the club`s request today to postpone the match following further injuries to their squad," the Premier League said in a statement.
"They concluded that the club will not be able to fulfil their fixture this weekend as a result of an insufficient number of players available to play due to COVID-19 cases and injuries."
Burnley are in 18th place on 11 points from 15 matches while Everton are in 14th spot on 19 points from 17 games.