Tottenham Hotspur confirmed that their trip to Brighton for the English Premier League, which was to take place on Sunday, has suffered a delay following a COVID-19 outbreak at their north London outfit. After 6 players and 2 coaches tested positive (the football news), Tottenham have postponed their Premier League visit to Brighton.
On top of that, those were only the initial figures. Now, eight players and five members of staff at Spurs have tested positive for coronavirus.
This outbreak has come in the build-up to a Europa Conference League match with Rennes on Thursday. And while the club has severely limited selection options, they will step back from upcoming European and Premier League fixtures.
So, Tottenham had to called off the game where they would have hosted Rennes, much to the visitors’ annoyance. After all, these French guests had already arrived to the English capital for Thursday’s face off.
Now, Spurs have undertaken a similar course of action in domestic competition as well.
Tottenham Have Postponed Their Premier League Visit to Brighton
Ridden with an outbreak of COVID-19, Tottenham Hotspur have withdrawn from they away match against Brighton in the Premier League.
A statement released on Spurs’ official website reads: “We can confirm that our Premier League fixture at Brighton & Hove Albion, on Sunday 12 December at 2pm, has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting this afternoon (Thursday).
“The Premier League Board took the decision to postpone the game following guidance from medical advisers, with the health of players and staff the priority. The fixture will be rescheduled in due course.
“The Club requested the match to be rearranged following a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases among players and relevant staff.
“As with our other affected fixture, against Stade Rennais in the Europa Conference League, we shall update supporters with more information as soon as it is available.
“We should like to apologise to everyone at Stade Rennais and Brighton & Hove Albion and to both their supporters and ours for any inconvenience caused.
“We should also like to thank both clubs for their understanding during these challenging times.”
They had previously said heading into contentinal action: “We can confirm that our UEFA Europa Conference League Group G home fixture against Stade Rennais will not take (Thursday 9 December at 8pm UK) after a number of positive Covid-19 cases at the Club.
“Discussions are ongoing with UEFA and we shall provide a further update on this fixture in due course.
“Additionally, following discussions with the Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England) and DCMS advisers, the Club has been advised to close the First Team area of its Training Centre at this time, in the interests of the health and safety of players and staff.
“All other areas of the Training Centre remain operational.”