COVID-19 Outbreak Forces Millwall to Suspend Two Fixtures

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Millwall have advised the English Football League that they will not be able to fulfil their upcoming Championship games against Bournemouth and Watford. This follows yet another COVID-19 outbreak within the Football League.

Millwall Suspend Upcoming Fixtures Following COVID-19 Outbreak

EFL Statement

In a statement, the EFL said: “Millwall’s next two Sky Bet Championship fixtures with AFC Bournemouth (Saturday 26 December) and Watford (Tuesday 29 December) have been suspended.

The Club has advised the EFL it is unable to fulfil the fixtures following guidance from the local authorities due to an outbreak of Covid-19, with several players and first-team staff required to self-isolate in line with EFL and Government guidance.

As a result, the circumstances surrounding the postponements will now be the subject of an investigation in accordance with EFL Regulations.

Revised dates for the rearranged fixtures will be confirmed in due course.”

Millwall the Latest Club to Suffer COVID-19 Outbreak

The south-east London club join a growing list of teams forced to cancel games at this stage of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Rotherham United postponed a game against Derby County on Saturday, December 19, joining the likes of Sunderland, Peterborough United and Bristol Rovers to have postponed their upcoming fixtures.

Millwall sit 16th in the Championship and will be keen to get back on the field as soon as possible, however, the health and safety of the players and staff will always be paramount.

Necessary Decision

Millwall chief executive Steve Kavanagh told the club website: “This is a very regrettable but necessary move.

“Throughout this entire pandemic the safety and welfare of our players, staff, fans and other stakeholders has been our main priority and it is with this in mind that we have closed the training ground and notified the EFL of the need to postpone the next two fixtures.

“I wish everyone concerned a quick and full recovery.”

 

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