Tottenham’s Premier League clash against Fulham on Wednesday evening has been postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak at the west London club.
Scott Parker’s side were due to face Tottenham in north London at 6pm on Wednesday but the match is now the second Premier League fixture to be called off this week after Manchester City’s clash with Everton on Monday was also postponed.
Fulham posted a number of positive results for Covid-19 following their latest round of testing and had been in talks with the Premier League over whether the fixture could be played.
Parker, meanwhile, missed Fulham’s 0-0 draw with Southampton on Boxing Day as he was self-isolating after a member of his household tested positive. He was due to return to the bench for his side’s trip to Tottenham.
On Wednesday afternoon, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho sarcastically praised the Premier League as Tottenham were still waiting on a decision over whether their fixture was going ahead.
Mourinho posted on his Instagram account at 2.04pm: ‘Match at 6 pm… We still don’t know if we play. Best league in the world’.
A statement from the Premier League read: ‘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 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.
‘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.
‘The League wishes those with COVID-19 a safe and speedy recovery and will rearrange the postponed fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in due course.’
In the the latest round of testing across Premier League clubs there were 18 positive Covid-19 results among players and staff, which is the highest figure since testing first began under Project Restart in June.
Earlier this week, reports claimed that Premier League clubs had held initial discussions over a potential two-week break following the rise in cases.
However, that proposal has been met with opposing views from Premier League managers.
West Brom boss Sam Allardyce is in favour of the break, claiming that he is ‘very concerned for myself and football in general’.
But Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has questioned how clubs would fit rearranged matches into their already-congested fixture schedule.
‘I can’t see the benefit in having a circuit break, whatever it’s going to be called,’ he said.
‘Because when are we going to play the games?
‘We all know this year is so difficult, but I don’t think stopping the games is going to make a big, big change.’
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