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Premier League managers will hold a meeting on Monday which Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard hopes will provide clarity on the concerning rise in Covid-19 cases at top-flight clubs. Half of the 10 matches scheduled for this weekend are cancelled following positive cases across the league.
“On the back of what a lot of managers have said, we want the same thing which is for the game to continue,” Gerrard said.
“there are obviously a lot of concerns and a lot of unanswered questions. That’s the reason that the Premier League have put in place an opportunity for all the managers to get together and I am hoping that there will be a lot of clarity which will come off the back of that meeting.
“There is also an opportunity for the captains to get together to speak and have a debate on what is the best thing to do in the current situation.”
The Premier League’s stance is that all games that can go ahead, will go ahead.
A league statement issued on Thursday said: “It is with regret that this is the fourth Premier League fixture to have been postponed in the past week.
“While recognising a number of clubs are experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks, it is the league’s intention to continue its current fixture schedule where it’s safely possible. The health and wellbeing of all concerned remains our priority.
“The Board assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and COVID-19 postponement guidance issued to all clubs.
“It will assess a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club – and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match.
“The Board must also consider the wider risks to the opposition and other people the club may come into contact with.
“In light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced Emergency Measures.
“These include protocols such as more frequent testing, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time.”
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