The Premier League will implement new postponement rules for the 2022/23 season with ‘truly exceptional’ circumstances now being required for games to be called off.

The English top flight was inundated with coronavirus-enforced cancellations last term, with 21 matches being rearranged in total.

Last season teams were able to apply for postponements if they could not field 13 outfield players and a goalkeeper, but these rules were far from clear.

As the season progressed there was controversy as the Premier League began to consider non-coronavirus-enforced absences when deciding whether matches went ahead. The decision to cancel January’s North London Derby was subject to particularly pointed criticism.

However, the Premier League have attempted to prevent similar issues like this cropping up next season by tweaking the postponement rules.

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