Covid cancellations in football: Which games have been called off? What are the Premier League rules? | Football News

Which matches featuring Premier League clubs have been canceled due to Covid-19? What are the rules of the English Premier League?

What games have been cancelled?

Tottenham have canceled two matches due to Covid in recent weeks

Tottenham vs Rennes – Thursday 9th December – UEFA Europa League

UEFA has confirmed that Tottenham’s match with Rennes will not be rescheduled and has been referred to a disciplinary committee.

Brighton vs Tottenham – Sunday 12th December – English Premier League

The date of the rescheduled match will be announced in due course.

Brentford vs Manchester United match – Tuesday 14th December – English Premier League

Manchester United submitted a request to the Premier League to postpone the match after being forced to close first-team operations at the training ground on December 13.

What are the rules of the English Premier League?

The 2021/22 Premier League handbook includes the Covid protocols, and states that the Premier League’s board will “only allow a re-arrangement or postponement of a league match in exceptional circumstances”.

The board is making calls on a case-by-case basis and by directing says the Premier League will not be given permission for a postponement if the club has 14 or more players from the squad list available.

How many positive tests?

The week from 6 December to 12 December saw the highest number of positive tests in the Premier League, with 42 compared to 12 in the previous week (November 29 to December 5).

It is also the highest weekly number recorded since test results began to be announced in May last year.

December 6 to December 12 saw the highest number of Tests taken this season, with 3,805.

August 2 to August 8 – 3,118 tested; 9 positive
From August 9 to August 15 – 3231 tests; 11 positive
From August 16 to August 22 – 3,060 tests; 16 positive
August 23 to August 29 3,020 tests; six positive
From August 30 to September 5 – 1952 tests; two positive
From September 6 to September 12 – 3,039 tests; three positive
September 13 to September 19 – 3154 tests; two positive
From September 20 to September 26 – 3,010 tests; positive one
September 27 to October 3 – 2,927 tests; positive four
From October 4 to October 10 – 1,696 tests; positive zero
October 11 to October 17 – 3044 tests; six positive
October 18 – October 24 – 3209 tests; positive four
October 25 – October 31 – 3006 tests; positive four
November 1 – November 7 – 2,953 tests; three positive
November 8 to November 14 – 1647 tests; positive four
From November 15 to November 21 – 3188 tests; six positive
November 22 to November 28 – 3,379 tests; Seven positive
November 29 – December 5 – 3154 tests; 12 positive
From December 6 to December 12 – 3805 tests; 42 positive

What do we know?

Aston Villa fans wear masks to limit the spread of COVID-19
The Premier League has reintroduced Covid emergency measures

A record high of 42 cases puts the Premier League in a precarious position as a busy period of matches approaches. The clubs report in the Daily Mail fears mass delays, with four rounds of matches scheduled to take place between now and the end of December.

Unsurprisingly, the Premier League has written to clubs telling them that ’emergency measures’ have been brought back, and this includes:

  • Increase the number of times players and staff are tested
  • Wearing face coverings indoors
  • Monitor social distancing
  • Determine treatment time

According to the Palestinian News Agency, Premier League players and staff must now take a lateral flow test every time they want to enter their club’s training ground as the competition ramps up its efforts to combat the threat posed by the Omicron variant of Covid-19. .

It is understood that individuals will be required to perform a lateral flow test outside the facility, while PCR testing is also offered twice a week.

The decision on increasing testing was made at the club’s shareholder meeting on Tuesday and will sit alongside existing emergency measures reintroduced last week.

Back in October, the Premier League revealed that 69 per cent of players had been fully vaccinated, and 81 per cent had received their first dose, a month earlier. Sky Sports News I reported concern about the university’s slow vaccine campaign.

These concerns remain in light of the recent increase, and there will also be pressure for double-hit players to get their boosters in the coming weeks.

The Premier League continues to adhere to public health regulations related to the Coronavirus
The Premier League continues to adhere to public health regulations related to the Coronavirus

Meanwhile, to attend a Premier League match from 15 December, fans must now either show evidence of dual vaccination via the NHS Covid app, or evidence of a negative lateral flow test taken in the past 48 hours.

This is a requirement to attend any sporting event in England with crowds of over 10,000 people, a measure announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of the government’s ‘Plan B’ to combat the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

Could this cause the formulations to build up?

Tottenham, whose game at Burnley at the end of November was postponed due to the weather, now has two games on its schedule. The postponed Europa League match against Rennes will not be rescheduled.

Their next game is in Leicester on December 16 and they host Liverpool on December 19, before the Carabao Cup quarter-final match at home to West Ham three days later.

Chelsea, currently not directly affected by any Covid suspension, they have their own set of fixtures to deal with due to their participation in the Club World Cup.

Chelsea could go nearly a month without playing a Premier League match due to the tournament in the United Arab Emirates between February 3-12. Chelsea’s trip to Brighton on February 8 and the return leg with Arsenal on February 12 are scheduled to be rearranged, with matches to be played later in the season.

How many matches have been postponed due to COVID in 2020/21?

Six Premier League matches had to be postponed last season due to Covid. There were rumors of a ‘circle break’ suspension of the league after the outbreak in December and January, but postponements were limited to a month period.

Aston Villa vs Newcastle – December 4

Manchester City vs Everton – December 28

Tottenham vs Fulham match – December 30

Burnley vs Fulham match – January 3

Aston Villa vs Tottenham – January 13

Aston Villa vs Everton January 17

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