Saturday’s match (15), which will see Tottenham and Arsenal meet, for the 22nd round of the English Premier League, has been officially postponed by the English Premier League. The reason was a request from Arsenal, who claimed there were no 13 professional players for the game, as required by the new Premier League scale. The club highlighted the presence of several cases of Covid and injuries, which would prevent a suitable lineup on the part of coach Mikel Arteta.
At Arsenal’s request, the Premier League chose to postpone the match in a move that drew criticism from many quarters. The reason is that one of the absent players is the only one isolated by Covid. For some experts, Arsenal would benefit from a rule that applies specifically to elite English football so clubs are not harmed.
In addition to criticism from some football experts, the British press ensures that Tottenham will also be infuriated by the situation, as another game of the season will be postponed. The club recently suffered from some cases of Covid-19 and had to postpone matches in the Premier League as well as in the Conference League. Indeed, in the continental competition, the postponement ended with a cancellation by the WO in a procedure adopted by UEFA.
One of the main criticisms about the large number of matches in the Premier League is precisely the attempt by some teams to take advantage of passing important matches later, when they are able to select players in better physical condition.
The matter was discussed at the press conference by German coach Thomas Tuchel of Chelsea. In preparation for the commitment against Manchester City, the manager stated that he would be very angry if he knew any club was taking advantage of the new Premier League regulations.
With the confirmation of the postponement of the match between Tottenham and Arsenal, the 22nd round of the English Premier League reaches the second match that cannot be played. The other postponed match was between Burnley and Leicester. Due to Covid-19 cases in the major English clubs, the 15th round of the Premier League was the last to be fully played. Since then, at least one match per round has been postponed.
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