Premier League players are ‘reaching breaking point’ with their frustration over the congested fixture list amidst COVID outbreaks causing chaos.
After the Premier League decided against a firebreak (the football news), they now heard club managers and captains’ concerns. To offer these club personnel a forum, Premier League held special meetings on Thursday.
Managers and players are concerned about the number of games they have to play during the Christmas holiday period. They disagree with Premier League’s scheduling these games in quick succession because of the demands it is putting on squads.
Also, the protocol for postponing league matches was another topic of concern at the meetings.
Managers wanted clarification and transparency about why EPL are choosing to call off some matches while others go ahead, unfairly.
They want to make sure that the league treats all of its clubs equally while making these game rescheduling decisions.
As far as the Premier League board are concerned, though, it was made clear that they cannot make subjective decisions. They have no clear protocol about which games they can reschedule, despite there being specific stipulations in the league’s handbook.
Even so, the Premier League is going to publish a guide for fans explaining clearly their protocol for match postponement.
Premier League Players Are Reaching Their Breaking Point
Most of the 20 English Premier League camps have limited players available for selection as a result of COVID-19 outbreaks.
But at the same time, many different competitions and tournaments deciding to keep to their schedules is causing fixture congestion.
Moreover, players and managers face even more complications in the near future. After all, the Qatar 2022 World Cup is taking place next year in November and December.
To protest such hectic timelines, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola voiced his concern at his news conference on Thursday.
Pep raised the possibility of players going on strike over welfare issues, although he then immediately played down the suggestion.
He said: “Should the players and the managers be all together and make a strike, or something, because just through words it’s not going to be solved?
“I don’t think [there will be a strike] because we want to play, we want to continue, to make the people happy going to the stadium on the 26th, 27th, 29th, 31st and 1st [January], and play games because we love to do that.
“I’m not saying there’s a reason to make a strike but (there are) more games and more games and less holidays. It’s a problem.”