Premier League clubs worried Covid Omicron could shutdown entire season

Premier League clubs are becoming increasingly concerned that the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant could disrupt the rest of the season, or worse – shut it down completely.

Training sessions are being cancelled across the country following outbreaks at a number of top-flight clubs, while Manchester United's clash with Brentford and Tottenham Hotspur's game against Brighton & Hove Albion have already been postponed.

After testing 3,805 players and staff last week, the Premier League announced on Monday that 42 positive coronavirus cases had been identified – a record high for a single week.

Clubs are now nervous that the UK government could sanction a total halt to football in an attempt to reduce the spread of the virus, similar to what happened towards the end of the 19/20 season during the first few months of the pandemic.

Even without a total shutdown, match postponements could wreak havoc with an already congested football calendar, particularly with a mid-season World Cup less than a year away.

Broadcasters could also demand rebates should the fixtures they paid for not be played out.

According to The Daily Mail, Premier League clubs are also frustrated by the ‘slow pace’ of their vaccination programmes, with just 68% of top-flight players being at least double-jabbed.

Can the Premier League afford to postpone the season? Let us know your view in the comments section below…

Don't miss a thing with our football updates!

Want to be on the ball with all of the latest football news?

Well then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football email newsletter!

From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox – don't miss a thing.

How do you sign up?

It only takes a matter of seconds.

Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit 'subscribe'.

And that's it, job done. You'll receive an email with all of the top news stories every single morning.

You can find out more information on our email newsletter on this link here.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson wants all over 18s to have received booster jabs by the new year, and it's understood that Wolves are the only Premier League to have met this target.

A significant amount of players only received their second dose of the vaccine in October, and because of an advised three month waiting period between jabs, these players will have to wait until at least the end of January to receive their booster.

Source: Read Full Article