TOTTENHAM are demanding solutions from Premier League chiefs after their recreation with Fulham was known as off little greater than three hours earlier than kick-off.
However the Prem remained bullish that the present Covid-hit season will proceed attributable to their protocols.
Tottenham have been compelled to postpone their recreation with Fulham at very late discoverCredit score: Getty Photos – Getty
The late choice left Spurs questioning why League bosses waited so lengthy to reply to Fulham’s request for a postponement — as Jose Mourinho’s aspect at the moment are plunged right into a fixture disaster.
However whereas Spurs fumed, considerations over the safety of the Prem marketing campaign grew as:
Tottenham’s frustration intensified as Mourinho, his workers and gamers gathered at their base to organize for the Fulham match, which was axed just after 2.30pm.
Prem chiefs defined the choice was made attributable to ‘a big rise in Covid instances and quite a few gamers displaying signs’.
SunSport understands six Fulham gamers and 4 workers examined constructive, which meant no computerized postponement as they nonetheless had 14 or extra gamers obtainable.
However they’d the backing of Public Well being England and the Prem added: “The Board consulted its medical advisors and the choice to postpone is a precaution taken with well being of gamers and workers as precedence.”
Fulham’s squad was ‘retested instantly’ within the hope they will fulfil Sunday’s journey to Burnley.
The postponement provides to Spurs’ fixture issues, already dealing with a minimal seven video games in three competitions subsequent month earlier than the Europa League resumes in February.
Inside 90 minutes, Metropolis confirmed their squad had the inexperienced mild to return to the coaching floor, which had been closed down for a ‘deep clear’ on Monday.
5 gamers — including Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker — have been lacking after testing constructive when Pep Guardiola’s squad educated at their HQ, partially closed ‘in session’ with League bosses.
Metropolis stated: “The Covid-19 bubble underwent testing on Tuesday and outcomes to this point revealed no new positives.”
That was excellent news for the Prem, which is determined to keep away from a brand new shutdown.
The Premier League has not mentioned pausing the season and has no plans to.
A assertion learn: “The League has confidence in its Covid-19 protocols to allow fixtures to be performed as scheduled, and these proceed to have the complete backing of Authorities.”
However after this week’s outbreak at Sheffield United — plus Fulham boss Parker and Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl self-isolating — the newest Tier modifications put paid to followers on Merseyside and spoiled Marine’s large day on Sunday week.