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Ahead of the first set of New Year’s matches, Arsenal’s Mikel Arteta has added his name to a growing list of Premier League coaches unhappy with late game postponements due to positive covid tests.
Tottenham Hotspur’s José Mourinho has not expressed himself as such, but has made some scathing comments via his official social media accounts after the recent Fulham match was postponed less than four hours before kickoff.
That follows a similar late suspension of the Everton v Man City game for the same reason.
“Now we need another protocol, clear guidelines of what to do and what not to do and the schedule,” Arteta was quoted as saying by the newspaper. Daily mail.
“We can’t be waiting until the last two hours [to find out] whether we are playing a soccer game or not.
“We should know a little before and at least have an open communication with the three parties, the two teams involved in the game and the Premier League and make a decision on what is right to do at that time but with a little time.
“I don’t know the best way. I’m sure the doctors will find the best way. What’s important again is that we have open communication and if something is happening we need to know early so we can be prepared. “
The Daily Mail suggests that problems in this regard may continue because there are many variables in what is a fluid situation. Especially since there is no guaranteed return time for covid test results.
As the Premier League still intends to go ahead with matches despite the increase in positive coronavirus cases, the least they can do, given what is at stake if a match does not go ahead, is to be proactive.