‘Fulham lodged a request’ – Premier League statement on why Spurs game was postponed

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Dom Le Roy

The Premier League have revealed that Tottenham Hotspur’s clash against Fulham this evening was postponed as a precaution after a number of Fulham players were showing symptoms of COVID-19 today.

News first emerged on Tuesday that the game might not go ahead after several positive tests within the Cottagers’ camp.

It was explained that the game going ahead would depend on the results of the tests of other members within the camp (PA News Agency).

However, there was no official confirmation that the game would be postponed until just hours ahead of kick-off this evening.

Some Spurs fans on social media are worried that the postponement of the match will lead to a fixture pile-up for the Lilywhites in the coming weeks and months.

The Premier League have now explained that they arrived at the decision following consultation with medical advisors.

They also revealed that there are no plans to suspend the competition for now and that they are confident in the safety of their COVID protocols.

According to Football.London’s Alasdair Gold, the statement from the Premier League read: “Fulham’s match at Tottenham has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting this afternoon.

“Fulham lodged a request to rearrange the fixture following a significant rise in positive COVID-19 cases, and 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.”

Spurs Web Opinion

It sounds like the right decision was made in the end as having the game would have go ahead would have entailed significant risk. The last thing we need is for some of our players to go down with the virus at a crucial point of the season.

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