The Premier League have revealed that despite the COVID-19 outbreaks at various clubs, they do not plan on temporarily suspending the competition for now.
Tottenham have been one of the worst affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, with their matches against Brighton and Leicester both being postponed in addition to their UEFA Conference League clash against Rennes.
The North Londoners’ clash against Burnley also had to be postponed two weeks ago due to heavy snowfall, which means that Antonio Conte’s men have now played three fewer matches than some of their rivals.
In addition, an outbreak also led to Manchester United’s clash against Brighton being called off earlier in the week while the PL have also confirmed that four of this weekend’s matches – Southampton vs Brentford, Watford vs Crystal Palace, West Ham vs Norwich and Everton vs Leicester – have all been postponed.
However, the PL have now insisted that they aim to continue fulfilling the fixture schedule where it is safely possible to do so.
They stated (via Alasdair Gold): “It is with regret that this is the fourth fixture to have been postponed in the past week.
“While recognising a number of clubs are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, it is the League’s intention to continue its current fixture schedule where safely possible.
“The health and wellbeing of all concerned remains our priority.”
Spurs Web Opinion
It is understandable why the Premier League do not want to suspend the competition as that would lead to massive fixture congestion down the line.
That would, in turn, not only put the players at increased risk of injury but would also lead to knock-on effects for the scheduling of the 2022 World Cup.
However, at some point, the PL have to consider the integrity of the competition and whether it would be fair for one side to have played three or four fewer matches than some of their rivals.
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