Tottenham Hotspur’s Premier League fixture against Fulham at home on December 30 has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the west London club. This is the third match in the Premier League after Monday’s match between Everton and Manchester City and Newcastle United’s match against Aston Villa due to be postponed due to Covid-19.
“Fulham lodged a request with the Premier League Board to rearrange the fixture following a significant rise in positive COVID-19 cases, as well as a number of players showing symptoms today,” the Premier League said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The Premier League Board has consulted its medical advisors and the decision to postpone the game has been taken as a precaution and with the health of players and staff as the priority. The group will now be retested immediately.”
Premier League has maintained that the fixture would be postponed but a new date is yet to be announced. At Fulham, a number of players and first-team support staff have tested positive for Covid-19 and are in self-isolation, the club said.
Mourinho not impressed with uncertaintiy
Tottenham Hotspur boss Joe Mourinho was upset with the uncertainty that surrounded the fixture before it was called off.
“Match at 6 pm… We still don’t know if we play. Best league in the world,” Mourinho said in an Instagram post.
On Tuesday, the Premier League said 18 individuals had tested positive for the new coronavirus, the most in a week this season, with bottom side Sheffield United also reporting a number of fresh cases in their camp.
However, the Blades’ match at Burnley on Tuesday went ahead with only the players testing positive going into self-isolation.
However, the Premier League, on Wednesday, said it is confident that the ongoing season will go ahead as scheduled and is confident of the Covid-19 protocols in place.
“With low numbers of positive tests across the overwhelming majority of clubs, the Premier League continues to have full confidence in its COVID-19 protocols and being able to continue to play our fixtures as scheduled.”