The new strain of coronavirus has caused havoc in the United Kingdom as most countries across the globe have suspended travellers from the European nation. The effect of this latest outbreak has also made an impact on the Premier League. English football has been allowed to continue despite the latest guidelines of strict lockdown across the country.
However, Manchester City was the first club to face a crisis this week. Multiple players and staff were tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week, forcing Premier League to suspend City’s game against Everton on Monday. It remains to be seen whether Manchester City will be able to play against Chelsea this weekend.
Meanwhile, there were also multiple covid cases reported at Sheffield United. Chris Wilder’s side had a weakened bench during the 1-0 defeat against Burnley on Tuesday. Fulham’s game against Tottenham Hotspurs on Wednesday is also in doubt after multiple covid cases were reported at the newly-promoted club.
As of now, Premier League is not thinking about immediately suspending games. However, The Daily Telegraph was reporting on Tuesday that chairmen of PL clubs have held informal talks regarding a cooling down break in January. The Athletic reported on Thursday that as of now PL is unlikely to suspend games as they did in March.
It is a testing period for clubs and players. Since fixtures are already congested this season, it will give a bigger headache to PL for rescheduling the suspended games. If more teams are getting infected in the coming days, then PL will have no other option than postponing games as teams will not enough players for selection. The clubs need games to continue as broadcast revenue is crucial for them as games continue to be played behind closed doors at the majority of the clubs.
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