The Times’ Henry Winter has revealed the Premier League could once again be played behind closed doors amidst the increased spread of Covid-19 in the UK over recent weeks.
The entirety of last season, barring a couple of matches, were played in empty stadiums but fans were allowed to return this season after the increase in vaccination rates.
However, there are now fears that the increased spread of the Omnicron variant could lead to tougher lockdown restrictions in the UK.
Several Premier League clubs, including Spurs, have also had outbreaks over recent weeks and several matches had to be postponed as a result.
The 20 clubs’ executives met on Monday to discuss whether or not to halt the season due to a rise in Covid cases and they have decided to carry on with the fixture list for now.
However, according to Winter, the possibility of games being played behind closed doors cannot be ruled out.
The journalist suggested that Premier League grounds could once again be used as vaccination centres amidst the increased spread of the virus.
If the latest R figure being mentioned in London hospitals is as high as feared, the prospect of games back behind closed doors cannot be discounted. And more grounds may be pressed into action as vaccination centres.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) December 14, 2021
Spurs Web Opinion
As we found out last season, Football, especially Premier League football, is just not the same without crowds. Tottenham’s clash against Liverpool on Sunday was a fantastic example of why we all love the Premier League so much.
There is no way the two teams would have played with the same intensity had it been held in an empty stadium. Safety concerns are obviously primary but I personally would rather see the league being suspended for a month than having the matches behind closed doors.
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