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COVID chaos may impact Hammers

The COVID chaos currently engulfing the Premier League could see West Ham’s festive fixtures completely wiped out, according to a new report from The Sun.

The Premier League have already postponed games due to outbreaks at certain clubs, with Spurs’ game against Brighton called off at the weekend, and Watford’s game at Burnley postponed just hours before kick-off on Wednesday night.

COVID fears have also put paid to three Championship games this weekend: Reading v Luton, Millwall v Preston and Swansea v QPR.

Manchester United have had to postpone their game against Brentford and are also looking to postpone this weekend’s game against Brighton.

Leicester could have seen their game against Spurs postponed due to the sheer number of injuries and absences they are facing, but the league have refused.

And The Sun also reports that the Hammers’ game this weekend, against Norwich, could also fall due to concerns over COVID in the Canaries’ camp.

It remains to be seen how many games over the Christmas period will be suspended.

After facing Norwich, the Hammers are currently scheduled to play Spurs in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup on the 22nd of December ahead of games against Southampton on Boxing Day, Watford on the 28th, and then Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day.


About Dave Langton

A journalist with 10 years' experience of working on National newspapers, now chief reporter covering the club that I've loved since I was a boy. Upton Park remains the greatest football stadium ever built.

One comment on “COVID chaos may impact Hammers

  1. Thomas Frank of Brentford is calling for Football to be shut-down completely for a period of at least a week, to ‘break the chain’ after Clubs are reporting more and more cases of COVID. Dean Smith the other day was calling for the Premier League to be clear about the rules for calling off games, whilst in my view trying to get the West Ham/Norwich game to be called off! 😳

    The ‘fly in the ointment’ is that Clubs are admitting that they have Players who are not vaccinated – which seems crazy to me – but having said that I have a member of my family who refuses to get jabbed and we have tried to persuade him until we’re blue in the face to get jabbed but he’s not having it – it’s a real conundrum! 🙄

    Another problem is the TV companies who will cut up rough if ‘their content’ is not available – particularly Amazon who have all the games on the 28th – the fallout of cancellations could be very expensive! 🤔

    If I was a betting man I reckon the games will be called for this weekend until after the New Year – it’s a major conundrum! 😳

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