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Premier League ‘have no plans’ to suspend season despite coronavirus postponements

Timeline should go as planned as league insists it trusts government protocols

The Premier League have insisted they have no plans to suspend the season despite problems created by a recent spike in coronavirus cases.

A pair of matches have been postponed this week due to the increase in Covid-19 cases across England has had an impact on the football schedule.

Evertonclash with Manchester city was postponed on Monday after the latter underwent several positive tests while a series of cases in Fulham led to the postponement of their match with Tottenham Wednesday.

Additionally, Aston VillaThe Newcastle meeting was postponed earlier this month due to an outbreak involving the latter.

In a statement confirming Wednesday’s schedule decision, the Premier League said officials have “full confidence” that the season will continue amid the coronavirus outbreak.

The statement came after several coaches, including Sam Allardyce and Nuno Espirito Santo, called for a possible hiatus of the season due to the increase in the number of cases.

Jose Mourinho, meanwhile, targeted a dig in the league on Wednesday as he complained about his team’s uncertainty following Fulham’s positive tests.

But, on Wednesday, the Premier League doubled down on its stance that the season would go as planned, with the league saying it would continue to follow government protocols.

“The Premier League has not discussed the season suspension and has no intention of doing so,” the league said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The League continues to trust its Covid-19 protocols to allow matches to go as planned, and these protocols continue to enjoy the full support of the government.

“With the health of players and staff being the top priority, the League also fully supports the way clubs implement protocols and rules.”

Fans will not be allowed into any Premier League games at this time after Liverpool was placed at level 3 of the national coronavirus restrictions, having previously been the only city with supporters allowed in the stadium.

Wednesday concludes Matchday 16 of the Premier League, with Liverpool currently at the top of the table after winning the Premier League title last season.

The busy festive period will resume on Friday, however, as Everton host West Ham and Aston Villa travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United New Years Day.

After the end of the 17th day, Monday, the FA Cup and Carabao Cup will resume, further adding to the device crunch.


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