The Premier League fixture between Southampton and Newcastle has been postponed due to the number of Covid-19 cases and injuries in the Magpies' squad.
"Newcastle continue to have ongoing COVID-19 cases and injuries that led to their match against Everton being called off earlier this week.
"The Board accepted the postponement application as the club do not have the required number of players available for the match (13 outfield players and one goalkeeper).
"The Board was able to make its decision in advance of the fixture to give clarity to the affected clubs and their fans. We apologise for the inconvenience and disruption caused to supporters' festive plans.
"The League is aware that the decisions recently to postpone matches will disappoint supporters and understands their frustrations at a special time of year when fans look forward to attending and watching football games.
"The League aims to provide as much clarity as possible but unfortunately postponements sometimes have to be made at short notice, as safety is our priority. Where possible, the League will endeavour to keep supporters updated if games become at risk on a matchday."
Source : 90min