Premier League fixtures will not be postponed despite rise in positive COVID tests as no club has put forward two-week ‘circuit breaker’ in January
- December 30, 2020
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West Brom manager Sam Allardyce has strongly backed calls for a ‘circuit breaker’ to help control the rising cases of positive tests in the top flight.
However, the Premier League are said to not be discussing any postponement and Sky Sports journalist Bryan Swanson tweeted: “No club has brought proposal to [the Premier League]. Clubs not expected to meet again until later next month.”
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was one who said he ‘can’t see the benefit’ of a break in action due to the already piled up fixture schedule.
Reports claim Premier League clubs are now considering a two-week ‘cooling off’ period in January in response to the highest number of positive tests this week.
According to The Telegraph, informal talks have been held between some top-flight chairmen after an outbreak of COVID-19 in Manchester City’s squad caused their game with Everton to be called off on Monday night.
Other clubs have also been affected, with Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl missing Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with West Ham after a member of his household tested positive.
Fulham boss Scott Parker was forced to miss his side’s against the Saints last week after he tested positive, with it still not confirmed if the Cottagers’ London derby against Tottenham on Wednesday will go ahead.
It is believed proposals have been made for the season to be stopped for a fortnight in a bid to halt the growing spread of the disease.
And newly appointed West Brom boss Allardyce has insisted it is the ‘right thing’ to cope with the outbreak.
Speaking following his side’s 5-0 defeat to Leeds on Tuesday, Big Sam said: “When I listen to the news the variant virus transmits quicker than the original virus, we can only do the right thing which is have a circuit break.
“I am 66 years old and the last thing I want to do it catch Covid. I’m very concerned for myself and football in general. If that’s what needs to be done we need to do it.”
But Solskjaer is concerned what a circuit break would do to an already-rammed schedule.
“It’s not something I’ve thought about a lot. I think our players have been really good in following protocols and rules,” Solskjaer said.
“That’s part of the job here, that we as clubs follow the protocols given. I can’t see the benefit in having a circuit break, whatever it’s going to be called.
“Because when are we going to play the games? We all know this year is so difficult, but I don’t think stopping the games is going to make a big, big change.”