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Premier League Clubs, Shareholders To Meet Over COVID-19 Surge

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Premier League clubs and shareholders are set to meet on Monday afternoon to discuss the impact that rising numbers of coronavirus cases are having on the division.

Naija News reports that six out of 10 Premier League games at the weekend were postponed and clubs need to decide whether to suspend the next round of games on Boxing Day as a Covid circuit-breaker.

It was learned that some clubs want to continue to play because there is no guarantee the situation will improve if they stop, while others feel the integrity of the competition is being threatened and the next round of games should be called off.

Most Premier League clubs are due to play three times between Boxing Day and January 2 and there are fears more games will be postponed because of rising Covid cases.

There would also then be an increased workload on players who are available to play in games that go ahead and there is also a real fear among clubs that they will soon have to go back to playing games without fans.

It was also gathered that Premier League managers and captains are also due to hold separate meetings over the same issue.

So far, the league has been considering applications for postponements on a case-by-case basis but there has been criticism over the decision process.

The timing of decisions to call off some games has also caused frustration, with Aston Villa’s clash with Burnley called off just over two hours before kick-off on Saturday.

Chelsea were unhappy a request to postpone Sunday’s Premier League match at Wolves, which ended 0-0, was rejected despite their seven positive cases.



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