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Gary Neville calls on Premier League to reject Arsenal’s postponement request ahead of Tottenham clash

The former Manchester United defender was Speaking ahead of Friday night’s Premier League encounter between Crystal Palace and Brighton, just hours after Arsenal revealed they had requested their match with Tottenham be delayed.

Although Neville stressed his comments were not a ‘dig’ at Arsenal in particular, he urged Premier League clubs to stick to their schedules unless there were major Covid outbreaks in their camps .

“I honestly believe that all teams, not just in the Premier League but also in the EFL, must now be forced to play their matches,” he said.

“[Folarin] Balogun left on loan, [Ainsley] Maitland-Niles was loaned out, [Granit] Xhaka gets a red card – it’s no one else’s fault.

“We cannot cancel the meetings. If it was only due to Covid and extraordinary circumstances where there were 10 or 15 players absent [it would be acceptable].

“But, we are now talking about teams over the last few weeks where there is no doubt that they have canceled games, that they think they have the best team or the best team to win a game.

“It has to stop. This is not a dig at Arsenal, I should have spoken three or four weeks ago. Manchester United, the other teams, have 30 to 40 players in their squad.

“I don’t have that they can’t get 14. 15, 16 players together and, so for me, that should be dismissed.”

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