Premier League release statement on whether football will be paused due to COVID-19

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Dom Le Roy

Football London’s Alasdair Gold has now revealed that the Premier League have no plans to pause the footballing calendar due to COVID-19 positive test cases.

The Premier League made an official statement, as relayed by Gold, claiming that it still has confidence in the existing Coronavirus protocols currently in place.

It was stated that the health of the players and staff remains a priority and that the Premier League support the ways in which clubs are implementing current protocols.

This comes amidst rumours that the Premier League could take a two-week winter break this season due to rising COVID-19 positive tests (Telegraph).

Everton vs Manchester City was called off this week due to multiple positive test cases within the Citizens’ camp, while Tottenham vs Fulham was also postponed for similar reasons.

It was revealed earlier this week that the most recent batch of testing had returned 18 positive results, the most since the start of the pandemic in the Premier League (SkySports).

The Premier League statement read as follows: “The Premier League has not discussed pausing the season and has no plans to do so.

“The League continues to have confidence in its COVID-19 protocols to enable fixtures to be played, and these protocols continue to have the full backing of Government.

“With the health of players and staff the priority, the League is also fully supportive of how clubs are implementing the protocols and rules.”

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