Everton and Manchester City’s final match this year was called off due to outbreak of more Covid-19 cases from the visitor’s side.
This became only the 2nd match this season to be postponed after Aston Villa vs Newcastle United, which was to take place on 4th December.
The match was cancelled a few hours before the scheduled kick-off at Goodison Park. Manchester City had informed that few members of the club have been tested positive for the virus.
Last week, City had confirmed that Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus along with 2 of their staffs were tested positive on Christmas day. But that did not affect their Boxing day clash against Newcastle United, which they comfortably won 2-0.
VISIT TO ARSENAL CLAIMED TO BE THE REASON?
Last week, Pep Guardiola’ side had visited Arsenal for the Carabao Cup fixture. The Blues registered a comfortable win over the London Club as they defeated them 4-1 to progress into the Semi-final.
The club believes the stay at the Capital for the fixture to be the reason for the spread. They had also visited a hotel during the period.
WHEN WILL EVERTON VS MANCHESTER CITY TAKE PLACE?
Manchester City was forced to request for postponement of the match against Everton. The Premier League board gathered for a quick meeting to assess the situation and decided to hand City’s request.
“The club returned a number of positive cases, in addition to the four reported on Christmas Day. This posed a risk that the virus could spread further amongst the squad, the staff and potentially beyond.”– Manchester City’s request to the Premier League.
The club has also shut down their first-team training ground for an undetermined period.
The Toffees have requested for full disclosure from their opponents as the match was cancelled hours before the kick-off and also Manchester City has not disclosed which of their players were tested positive.
For the time being, nothing has been updated about when the match will be played. It has been postponed to a further date which is yet to be decided.
They will be travelling to Chelsea on Sunday followed by the Carabao Cup semi-final against their derby rivals, Manchester United. The Competition’s rule allows the Semi-final fixtures to be postponed as the final has been moved shifted to April.
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