The varying measures being taken by some of the Premier League’s top clubs to deal with the coronavirus outbreak have been outlined online this afternoon.
PL shut down
Following widespread calls for action to be taken, it was finally announced last Friday morning that all fixtures across the English football calendar had been postponed.
This came on the back of confirmation that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had tested positive for COVID-19.
Club statement: COVID-19
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) March 12, 2020
Up until Friday, however, a full round of Premier League fixtures were actually scheduled to take place this past weekend.
This came despite the likes of Serie A and La Liga having long called a halt to their respective seasons, and coronavirus rapidly spreading throughout the United Kingdom.
Spurs train/United sent home
As outlined above, though, some clubs currently plying their trade in the English top-flight have actually continued to hold training sessions right up until this afternoon, despite government calls against such activity.
One such club are Tottenham.
As per the reliable Dan Kilpatrick of the Evening Standard, Jose Mourinho’s men held their latest session a short time ago, as they continue to prepare for an (increasingly unlikely) April 4th return to Premier League action.
Spurs now stand as the only London club continuing to train as normal.
Tottenham continue to train despite coronavirus fears as Amazon cameras roll
— Standard Sport (@standardsport) March 17, 2020
Another of the Premier League’s heavyweights, on the other hand, this morning cancelled a scheduled training session of their own.
The outfit in question were Manchester United.
On the back of the latest government announcement regarding the spread of COVID-19, the Red Devils hierarchy opted to advise all members of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad to stay at home.
United’s stars, though, have also been handed individual workout programmes to maintain fitness levels.
Speaking a short time ago, a club spokesperson explained:
‘We continue to review the situation day by day, but in light of [the] evolving situation and latest governmental guidance the team will now be training individually away from the ATC [Aon training complex].’
Quotes via the Guardian