In total, nine top flight matches have been called off in the last week due to rising covid cases and fans had to cancel plans at the last minute, with many having already paid for travel arrangements. Supporters will also be wondering what happens to your bets when games are postponed as thousands will have placed wagers on games that will now not go ahead.
While some fans may find it difficult to get full refunds on the cost of train, coach or hotel bookings for an away trip to watch their team, it should be very straightforward to receive a refund from any bets placed involving games that are postponed. Under these circumstances, bookmakers will declare the bet void and all original stakes should be returned in full.
With cases surging across the country, Manchester United’s clash with Brighton last week was the first to be called off. It was quickly followed by Leicester versus Tottenham after a number of players within the Spurs camp tested positive.
Manchester United’s trip to Brentford was then called off after the Red Devils confirmed 19 cases within the club. Their Carrington training base had to be closed to prevent further transmission throughout the squad.
Watford versus Burnley and Brighton versus Tottenham were postponed in midweek due to outbreaks at both clubs, heightening calls for a ‘firebreak’ lockdown to try and contain the situation before it gets out of hand ahead of Christmas.
The FA seems reluctant to pull the trigger just yet to avoid fixture congestion later in the season but the pressure is mounting after it was revealed that a further four games have had to be postponed.
Southampton’s clash with Brentford at St Mary’s is off along with Watford’s game against Crystal Palace at Vicarage Road. West Ham versus Norwich City at the London Stadium and Everton’s game with Leicester at Goodison Park have also had to be postponed. It means half of this weekend’s Premier League games have been called off.
Now, there are only two games currently scheduled to be played on Saturday – Aston Villa versus Burnley and Arsenal’s trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United. There will be a further three fixtures on Sunday with Man City travelling to Newcastle, Wolves hosting Chelsea and Liverpool taking on Tottenham in north London.
The focus now will be for clubs to try and contain outbreaks within their squads over the coming weeks as the last thing anyone wants is for football to be called off indefinitely.