Yesterday afternoon the Premier League issued a statement on the status of matches after a series of postponements over the past ten days. That statement can be seen here. The EFL have also issued their own statement about their competitions, which can be seen below.
The EFL can confirm that its programme of games in the League, Carabao Cup - in which Brentford are participating, with a Quarter Final against Chelsea set to be played tomorrow, Wednesday 22 December - and Papa John's Trophy will continue with fixtures to be played where it is safe to do so, and the set squad criteria can be fulfilled by clubs. While the League acknowledges there will likely be future postponements to navigate where COVID-19 cases are identified, there is optimism that disruption can be minimised following implementation of RED protocols, a daily testing regime and ongoing vaccination rollout.
EFL Chief Executive Trevor Birch said: “Throughout the pandemic, our two priorities have been ensuring the welfare of those involved in EFL competitions and ensuring the fixture schedule can continue where it is safe to do so. We will continue to work with clubs, authorities and other agencies to monitor the COVID-19 case rate and be prepared to respond accordingly, yet for now the view remains that we can continue to deliver games safely where clubs have sufficient healthy personnel in place, on and off the pitch. With club mitigation measures, the mass adoption of booster jabs and COVID certification now required for larger crowds, we are sure many fans will continue to feel confident in attending matches over the Christmas period and we look forward to welcoming them.”