Covid Football "Break"?

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EFL players will only have to test on the day of a game if they are showing symptoms, in a bid to avoid same day postponement.
Decision made in conjunction with EFL medical advisors and club doctors. Daily testing still required, just not on match days
 

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a record 12,345 COVID-19 tests were administered on players and club staff. Of these, there were 90 new positive cases.
The Premier League has confirmed that between Monday 3 January and Sunday 9 January, 12,973 COVID-19 tests were administered on players and club staff. Of these, there were 72 new positive cases.
 

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The Premier League has confirmed that between Monday 3 January and Sunday 9 January, 12,973 COVID-19 tests were administered on players and club staff. Of these, there were 72 new positive cases.

A positivity rate of 0.55%.
 

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Burnley v Leicester now postponed.

The rules around whether a game can be postponed or not still seem to be shrouded in mystery. Other injuries shouldn't be a consideration really but they seem to be.
 

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Arsenal dont want to play Spurs now

Just so they can have a rest before playing Liverpool in the second leg
 

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Interesting comments by the Southampton manager on the BBC. Web site with regard of the postponed Burnley Leicester game

This just one below , he also has a comment regarding the sale of Wood

“ This is why I say it that players or new signings shouldn't be allowed to play in cancelled games when they haven't been there before this game was due to play. “
 
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Burnley ask to cancel Watford game
Its a rearranged game which Watford cancelled first 😡😡
 

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February 1st

They should say
No more postponements
Unless you have 8 players out with covid
 

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They should say
No more postponements
Unless you have 8 players out with covid
If the government lift the plan B restrictions at the end of the month as is being considered, that should be the line drawn for postponements.
 

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Just saw that Burnley have requested postponing the postponed game which having been rearranged will now be rearranged but may need to be rearranged again depending on further postponements that will succeed the original postponement as well as the postponement that followed that one. This in turn may need to be considered for postponement.

Don't you dare, don't you dare suggest the sale of Chris Wood and Cornet away at AFCON has anything at all to do with them wanting to P-WORD a home game against a relegation rival, who will be buzzing after securing a point against another relegation rival. How dare you suggest such a ludicrous allegation.

Okay, I've had my fun. Seriously, this is ridiculous. 4 games behind! Talk about a distorted table! At what point does the Premier League scrutinise them for being unable not to contain Covid when we're coping just fine.

This is the quote from the BBC website " Confirming their submission of an application to postpone the Watford game, Burnley said in a statement: "The decision was reluctantly made to submit the application due to a high number of injuries and Covid-19 cases within the squad."
 

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It is 5 games
You should have played 22 by end of this midweek
 

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Isn't the wider point of having to have 13 outfield players and 1 GK available about retaining the integrity of the league so that we aren't playing our half our B team against Man City and then our strongest lines up against Liverpool (not that it made much difference in the result). Granted Arsenal have gamed it by sending players out on loan which they wouldn't have done if they'd known they'd been made to play but teams are always going to be smart and find work arounds. Maybe the priority should be just to get games on, in which case teams should be forced to go into the youth team - I don't think there's anything wrong with forcing teams to put U23 players on the bench - but if the rule is there for covid is it really that much different if you have 15 players out injured or 15 players out with covid? Especially given the situation of having to play more matches in a shorter space of time will inevitably result in more matches. Yes AFCON and suspensions are a little different but players are unlikely to risk suspension and lose their place just to get a game postponed. The harder they make it to call off the matches the more it is likely to benefit City, Liverpool and Chelsea - who have a lot more depth than the rest of the league.

There's been a lot of praise for Bielsa and Leeds for not getting the game called off but he's done exactly what Arteta has done which is make the decision which is in the team's best interest. Yes they had to use academy players but they were playing after having a week's rest with WH having played midweek which is much surely more preferable than playing an extra game at what will be a hectic end of season - especially the way Leeds finish seasons. The decision's obviously justified with the win so fair play but I don't think they made the decision out of any great principle.
 

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Interesting comments by the Southampton manager on the BBC. Web site with regard of the postponed Burnley Leicester game

This just one below , he also has a comment regarding the sale of Wood

“ This is why I say it that players or new signings shouldn't be allowed to play in cancelled games when they haven't been there before this game was due to play. “
A follow up

Southampton lose to 2 goals from Newcastle players who were both signed in January window

If Newcastle hadn't postponed the Game originally for covid issues neither Wood nor Guimiares would have played at Southampton
 

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A follow up

Southampton lose to 2 goals from Newcastle players who were both signed in January window

If Newcastle hadn't postponed the Game originally for covid issues neither Wood nor Guimiares would have played at Southampton
and?
 

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The Southampton manager said it was unfair that Newcastle would have new players in rearranged game
And they both scored tonight

That's my point
 

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The Southampton manager said it was unfair that Newcastle would have new players in rearranged game
And they both scored tonight

That's my point
It's unfair that Southampton regularly have an extended injury between 60th and 70th minute of games and all the players go to the manager for a team talk. Cheating git who bleats about unfairness.
 

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With Covid cases going up nationally I fear we may see some impact on football again. Hopefully our players are fully vaccinated to mitigate against some of the effect
 

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With Covid cases going up nationally I fear we may see some impact on football again. Hopefully our players are fully vaccinated to mitigate against some of the effect
But the impact would only be if they were too I’ll to play now wouldn’t it as not mandatory to isolate if positive?
 

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Yep agree. But No isolation will probably increase the spread through the squad. Not sure what, if any, precautions premiership squads are taking to reduce risk of spread. The negative lateral flows towards the end of an infection were supposed to help prevent spread but that’s gone now as well
 

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Covid is over you don't even have to lsolate anymore
Covid is not over, just the way we deal with it has changed. Cases in football remain low and hopefully they stay like that. Lack of isolation will increase transmission. Couple of key players may miss out. Btw I’m not supporting isolation - it brings its own financial and personal issues
 
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