Revealed: The Premier League’s stance on a Christmas break amid soaring COVID-19 cases
Games continue to be postponed
There was an almost eerie nature to the games played out over the weekend in the Premier League.
Initially scheduled for a full 10 games, only 4 ended up going ahead, while there were doubts about the status of games right up until the first whistle.
The six cancellations add to those in midweek, and Tottenham’s clash with Brighton last weekend, which means that clubs have, in the case of Tottenham and Burnley, now fallen three games behind some of their competitors, while only 7 of the 20 teams have played the set 18 games so far this season.
With cases on the rise across the game, it is hard to see how this is fixed in the near future.
Premier League not keen on a circuit break
Despite this, the Premier League will try to resist mounting calls from managers and pundits to see the league stopped for the sake of player safety and the integrity of the division.
As per Jason Burt, of The Telegraph, the Premier League governing body “will strongly argue against festive firebreak at meeting of all 20 clubs this lunchtime”.
In the report, Burt claims:
One argument put forward by the Premier League will be that to call off games now could create even more problems in the coming weeks if the Government imposes further restrictions and the Omicron variant becomes even more prevalent leading to a shutdown or games being played with limited capacities or behind closed doors.
Premier League will strongly argue against festive firebreak at meeting of all 20 clubs this lunchtime | @JBurtTelegraph https://t.co/YbMXiDeKZk
— Telegraph Football (@TeleFootball) December 20, 2021
Chelsea were the latest side to feel hard done by, with their request to have a game against Wolves suspended after they recorded 7 positive cases having been denied, meaning that Thomas Tuchel only named 6 substitutes in his matchday squad.
But with cases continuing to soar in and outside of clubs, how long can the Premier League continue to push forward with full capacity stadiums and weakened sides, while games continue to be postponed at ridiculously short notice.
Would a circuit break suit everyone?