The Premier League is not discussing the possibility of a blackout to interrupt the season amid an increase in coronavirus cases in the game.
Neither club has presented the proposal to the league, although West Brom boss Sam Allardyce has called for a campaign hiatus to try to reduce the number of cases.
“When I listen to the news, the variant of the virus spreads faster than the original virus [so] we can only do the right thing is have a cutout, ”Allardyce said in his side’s 5-0 loss to Leeds.
However, his Manchester United counterpart, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, questioned the logistical implications of ending the already crowded season if the campaign was put on hold.
“I don’t see the benefit of having a blackout, whatever the name is,” Solskjaer said.
“Because when are we going to play the games? We all know this year is so difficult, but I don’t think the stoppage of games is going to make a big, big change.”
It comes after the Premier League, which maintains its medical protocols to be robust, confirmed 18 positive coronavirus tests among players and staff in its latest round of testing – the highest figure for the season to date.
Manchester City’s trip to Everton on Monday was postponed hours before kick-off due to several positive cases within the city camp.
Fulham’s Premier League game at Tottenham on Wednesday night is in doubt due to a coronavirus outbreak at the club.
The government has not scheduled talks on the suspension of elite sport.
Premier League clubs are not due to meet again until January, with a decision such as the end of the season having to be approved by at least 14 clubs.
Keeping the coronavirus out of the English elite, even with strict restrictions in place, will prove impossible as long as the virus is circulating in the general population, Burnley director Sean dyche added, saying if the situation worsened it should be “dealt with accordingly” without explicitly supporting a pause.
“We have protocols in place and everyone has tried to line up with the protocols. But that doesn’t stop everything – you always have to get your hands on a keyboard or whatever when you get gasoline. “he said.
“The players still have to live their lives, they still have to function in a way that follows the rules and guidelines; the ones we have in the camp are very strict but the players have lives.
“They have families and we are told that (the virus) is everywhere so we can only stay within the limits, I just hope he stays out of football as best as possible. If the numbers keep going up, we’ll have to deal with them. this accordingly. “
Manager Brighton Graham potter said after his side’s 1-0 loss to Arsenal that football has to do the right thing, and he will be happy to offer advice.
“Whatever people think is the right thing to do, for the health of our community, it is the most important thing. Whatever is deemed right is what we will do.
“We have to make the most of everything that is happening outside of football, which is of course more important. We have a virus that is escalating and that is affecting our daily life as human beings, so it will affect surely us as footballers, so it’s something that we have to manage, do our best.
“We have to make sure we do the right thing because football is important, but not as important as people’s lives and health.”
Sheffield United have confirmed they have recorded a number of positive coronavirus tests after their latest round of testing.
Blade Boss Chris Wilder revealed ahead of kick-off at Burnley on Tuesday that the club had seen “a few” players and “four or five behind-the-scenes workers” test positive.
Wilder said neither he nor the club were looking to delay the game, although he only named seven of nine possible substitutes.
“It’s not an ideal situation, but I don’t think we are a separate club. It (the virus) is developing and it is very high in football clubs,” he said. he declares.
“We just informed the relevant authorities that we had a situation at the football club. But I want to play football. That’s how we are not looking to get anything canned. We did the good thing with regard to our responsibility to the Premier League and informed them of the sick players. “