The new Premier League law is expected to stop the widespread application of clubs to postpone matches.
The Premier League homepage confirms that from now on, clubs that want to apply to postpone the match must have at least 4 Covid-19 positive cases in their squad.
Tottenham have three games postponed this season. Photo: Reuters.
“Applications for postponement of the match will continue to be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Premier League organizers will examine a number of factors including player availability; condition, severity, impact; potential of Covid-19 and the players’ ability to prepare to play the match safely,” the announcement read.
This decision was made after a meeting between representatives of 20 clubs in the highest level of England when the wave of protests against the continuous postponement of matches increased in recent times.
Previously, the law stipulates that clubs are allowed to apply to postpone the match if there are not enough 13 players excluding the goalkeeper. This led to many clubs applying to postpone matches because of the Covid-19 epidemic. But the actual reason is injury and the team lost people for the Cup of Africa (CAN).
Tottenham was the team that received the most criticism when it asked to postpone the London derby against Arsenal earlier this month for this reason. Harry Kane’s team has postponed up to 3 matches this season for many reasons from weather, Covid-19 to injury.
This makes it difficult for the Premier League to schedule compensation. The Premier League BTC said that the law will be applied from the first match when the tournament returns after the national team gathering.
The fact that English clubs did not have enough people and immediately asked to postpone the match received great criticism from Europe. German media emphasized that the Premier League does not create opportunities for young players if they constantly postpone the match when there are not enough people.