Chelsea's clash with West Ham called off as Covid cases kibosh second Women’s Super League fixture12/17/2021
COVID continues to wreak havoc across football with Chelsea’s WSL duel with West Ham becoming the latest top-flight clash to be postponed.
And the call-off of the match comes hours after Manchester City revealed their game against Reading will be rescheduled.
The announcement comes with the Citizens and the WSL champs reporting a number of positive Covid-19 test results in their sides before games that were due to happen on Sunday.
A statement shared on the Blues said: “Chelsea FC can confirm that Sunday’s fixture against West Ham United Women will be rescheduled.
“The decision was agreed between both teams and the FA after a number of positive tests for Covid-19 were returned within the women’s team set-up after the last round of testing on return to the UK.
“Those affected immediately began a period of self-isolation in accordance with Public Health England and Government guidelines.
“The health and safety of our players, support staff and fans remain paramount.
“The Women’s squad will now begin their winter break, returning to training in the New Year."
It has been reported that 28 fixtures across the WSL, the Women’s Championship and the Premier League and EFL have been scrapped due to outbreaks.
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Crystal Palace Women announced their second-tier duel with Lewes has been postponed ‘due to illness and Covid’ protocols.
And Bristol City’s away clash with London City Lionesses has also been shelved.
Emma Hayes warned the ‘stress and anxiety’ coronavirus is causing within her Chelsea squad with the team suffering a Champions League group stage exit following a 4-0 away loss to Wolfsburg.
The club were without first-choice keeper Ann-Katrin Berger and midfielder Drew Spence with both testing positive for Covid before their match in Germany.
On Thursday night the Blues chief, 44, said: I just feel like this is deja vu and we're here again 12 months on after a really, really bad Covid outbreak at exactly the same time last year.
“We had 20 cases last year that saw my entire team struck off and unable to go home to see their families.
"They don't earn hundreds of thousands of pounds every week. A few days ago, we had two players struck down with Covid.
"Our heads are all over the place. We are human beings.”
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