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Premier League confirms Brighton vs. Tottenham officially postponed

This was expected.

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In another announcement that was pretty much a foregone conclusion, Tottenham Hotspur formally announced that Sunday’s match at Brighton & Hove Albion has been postponed due to Tottenham’s ongoing outbreak of COVID-19.

In a statement on their website, Spurs apologized to both Brighton and Rennes for the inconvenience of having players contract a potentially deadly disease during a pandemic.

We can confirm that our Premier League fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion, on Sunday 12 December at 2pm, has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting this afternoon (Thursday).

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.

We should also like to thank both clubs for their understanding during these challenging times.

— Statement, Tottenham Hotspur

This is quite clearly not a surprise. It would’ve been shocking had the Premier League not agreed to the postponement after Spurs had 20 players and staff test positive for coronavirus this week. Spurs’ training ground has been shuttered for the next three days, with healthy players switching to isolation protocol.

There’s no word about Spurs’ NEXT next match against Leicester a week from today; that match feels like one that could also conceivably be cancelled unless key players are able to fully recover in time, but that’s a decision which will come later on.