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Premier League Will Not Take a Firebreak despite Rising COVID Cases

Premier League Will Not Take a Firebreak despite Rising COVID Cases

The 20 Premier League clubs on Monday together decided against a temporary halt to the season despite coronavirus health scares. So, after forced mass postponements compelled calls for longer suspension in the 2021-22 season schedule (the football news), the Premier League will not take a firebreak despite rising COVID cases.

Just four of the weekend’s scheduled 10 games played out as Britain battles record numbers of positive Covid cases.

The Premier League board has thus far been considering applications for postponements on a case-by-case basis. But, due to the dangerously fast emergence of the new Omicron strain, there has been criticism over the decision-making process.

Clubs, coaches, players, and fans fear that EPL’s insistence to carry on jeopardizes the sporting integrity of the entire competition.

There have even been talks of a potential “firebreaker”, which would postpone with the middle round of the festive fixtures from December 28-30.

But on Monday the English top flight rejected this proposal.

Premier League Will Not Take a Firebreak despite Rising COVID Cases

The EPL, following a shareholders’ meeting involving all 20 clubs’ representatives, said games would continue through the busy festive season.

“It was confirmed at a Premier League club meeting today that while recognising a number of clubs are experiencing Covid-19 outbreaks and challenges, it is the league’s collective intention to continue the current fixture schedule where safely possible,” the Premier League said in a statement.

“The health and wellbeing of all concerned remains our priority and the League will continue to monitor and reflect public health guidance, always proceeding with caution.”

The statement also said 84 percent of players had had at least one dose of vaccination to substantiate the decision.

“The league continues to work with clubs to encourage vaccination among players and club staff, as well as promoting the Government’s public-health vaccination messaging to clubs and the wider public,” it added.

Meanwhile, the English Football League confirmed on Monday that its competitions would proceed as it planned. This includes this week’s League Cup quarter-finals.

“Throughout the pandemic our two priorities have been ensuring the welfare of those involved in EFL competitions and ensuring the fixture schedule can continue where it is safe to do so,” said EFL chief executive Trevor Birch.

Meanwhile, they cancelled the Football Association said FA Cup replays for the third and fourth round to ease the calendar.

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