Premier League warned festive fixtures could be postponed

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The Premier League have been warned that the new strain of COVID-19 could see a number of matches over the Christmas and New Year period be forced to be postponed, according to The Telegraph.

The new variant of the virus, labelled VUI-202012/01 is said to be 70 per cent more transmissible with more than 60 per cent of new cases in London currently linked to the new strain (Independent).

The discovery has already seen a host of nations including Ireland, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Belgium all imposing travel bans on the United Kingdom (BBC).

The report claims that there has already been an increase of positive tests among those involved in football which led to the recent postponement of the Premier League fixture between Newcastle United and Aston Villa.

Tottenham’s Carabao Cup match against Leyton Orient was called off in September after a number of players within the League Two outfit tested positive after the North Londoners paid for the testing (Guardian).

The testing of players is not mandatory in the English Football League and lower down the footballing pyramid.

Spurs are set to face non-league Marine in the FA Cup third round on January 10th and it remains to be seen whether they will extend the offer of testing to their opponents once again.

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