Prem ORDER all 20 clubs to re-impose emergency Covid measures

Premier League ORDERS all 20 clubs to re-impose their emergency Covid measures after Tottenham were allowed to postpone their clash with Brighton following an outbreak in their squad

  • Tottenham had their request to postpone their clash with Brighton approved 
  • Premier League have now ordered all 20 clubs to re-impose Covid measures 
  • There are real concerns that more teams will have to postpone matches 
  • A letter was sent telling teams to enforce social distancing and use PPE 

The Premier League have on Thursday night written to all 20 clubs ordering them to re-impose emergency Covid measures after Tottenham had their request to postpone Sunday’s game versus Brighton approved.

Spurs’ first-team squad has been hit by a Covid outbreak, causing Thursday night’s scheduled Europa Conference League game against Rennes to be postponed.

And their Premier League game against Brighton at the Amex on Sunday has also been called off, with the move approved by the Premier League board on Thursday evening.

Antonio Conte’s Tottenham were allowed to postpone their Premier League clash at Brighton

The news will come as an immediate relief to Spurs head coach Antonio Conte, whose team were facing up to playing against Brighton with a deeply depleted squad.

There remains concern that next week’s top-flight game against Leicester may also have to be postponed, particularly given the Foxes have positive cases of their own.

While the news arrives as temporary relief to Tottenham, their double postponement leaves them facing a major fixture backlog heading into the second half of the season.

UEFA rules state their game against Rennes must be played by December 31. But given Tottenham’s jam-packed schedule this month, rescheduling the Rennes game in December is difficult.

Tottenham are having to reschedule games after a large Covid outbreak in the group

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has reminded clubs of their duties

If next Wednesday’s scheduled game versus Leicester also falls victim to Covid, the opportunity of rescheduling the game against the Ligue 1 club for next week is a potential option.

Failing that, there is hope that UEFA will consider extending the December 31 deadline into next month. Rennes have told UEFA that they want the game to be cancelled and not rescheduled.

On the domestic front, Tottenham not only have to rearrange the game versus Brighton, but their clash against Burnley which was postponed because of heavy snow last month.

Premier League clubs have been instructed to enforce strict Covid protocol again

As the pandemic continues to take grip of English football, top-flight officials have sent a memo to all clubs informing them of the decision to revert back to emergency measures.

Teams have been forced to abide by a stringent set of protocols since the return of football in June 2020, including social distancing and the use of PPE at training grounds, but those have slowly relaxed in recent weeks thanks to increasing vaccination rates among players.

But the Premier League have told all 20 teams that the long-standing emergency measures are now back in place.

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