Premier League and EFL decide not to suspend Christmas program amid COVID outbreak | UK News
The Premier League and the English Football League (EFL) have decided not to suspend their Christmas programs, despite COVID outbreaks at several clubs.
The Premier League called a shareholders meeting to discuss the postponement of a full series of matches, but the idea was rejected.
The EFL said it would continue on a “regimen of daily testing and (the) ongoing vaccination rollout.”
Six Premier League games have been postponed this weekend.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank has called for all Premier League games to be canceled on Saturday and Sunday, saying the infections are “going through the roof” with 13 cases at his club in west London.
But the league resisted his suggestion, saying they wanted to continue with the schedule “as safely as possible.”
Tottenham have been one of the hardest hit clubs, with Sunday’s home game against Liverpool being their first game in a fortnight.
EFL chief executive Trevor Birch said the priorities were “to ensure the well-being of those involved in the competitions and to ensure that the fixture list can continue where it is safe to go. do it”.
He added: “We will continue to work with clubs, authorities and other agencies to monitor the rate of COVID-19 cases and be prepared to respond accordingly, but for now the opinion remains that we can continue to run games safely where clubs have sufficient personal health in place, on and off the pitch. “
The FA are considering removing FA Cup third and fourth round replays this season to help ease match congestion.
The latest vaccine data for November revealed that one in four English Football League (EFL) players had no plans to get the jab.
Data has shown that 75% of EFL players are either fully vaccinated, have had a single shot, or are planning to get the shot.
Some 59% of EFL players are doubly vaccinated, while 16% are expected to receive the jab.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged footballers to get vaccinated and suggested the club would not consider signing unvaccinated players.