The Premier League has released a statement confirming there are no plans for the league to be suspended despite the growing number of recorded cases and match postponements.
Premier League to continue
Following the postponement of Spurs’ match against Fulham, and Everton’s meeting with Manchester City, the Premier League has released a statement, explaining their decision regarding the former, whilst outlining the intention to move ahead with planned fixtures on the back of the recent update to the Covid-19 protocol.
“The match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham, due to be played at 18:00 GMT this evening, has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting this afternoon,” read a statement on the Premier League website.
“Fulham lodged a request with the Premier League Board to rearrange the fixture following a significant rise in positive COVID-19 cases, as well as a number of players showing symptoms today.”
“The Premier League Board has consulted its medical advisors and the decision to postpone the game has been taken as a precaution and with the health of players and staff as the priority. The group will now be retested immediately.”
“With low numbers of positive tests across the overwhelming majority of clubs, the Premier League continues to have full confidence in its COVID-19 protocols and being able to continue to play our fixtures as scheduled.”
“The League wishes those with COVID-19 a safe and speedy recovery and will rearrange the postponed fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in due course.”
It was revealed that twice as many positive tests had been recorded compared to the previous week for both playing and backroom staff across the Premier League landscape. This had led to an increase in calls for a league-wide suspension, to stem the possible spread of the virus.
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Football medic questions football continuation
Whilst the Premier League has only been forced into a couple of postponements, the English football league has faced many more. Compared to the top-flight’s two, seven League One fixtures were postponed on Tuesday alone, due to Covid-19 outbreaks.
This has led to Rochdale Town’s medic questioning the continued push for football to carry on, despite the concerning situation in England.
“Should the season still be going on?” asked Dr Wes Tensel.
“In the middle of a pandemic and the spread and all that’s going on – the numbers are rising – and the fact that we’ve got these tier four places where people can’t travel but footballers can go in and out and take things back to their family, I think it’s probably not the wisest thing at the moment. The players are human like everyone else.”
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Should further games in the Premier League and EFL be suspended, both boards could face problems in their attempts to reschedule matchups, considering the extent of the already-congested fixture list. The rescheduled European Championships, meanwhile, will only make the situation even trickier.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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