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Scott Parker has called the Premier League’s decision to announce Monday morning that Fulham’s game against Tottenham would be reorganized for Wednesday as “scandalous”.
The Fulham boss said the possibility of playing Spurs, after their original opponent Aston Villa had a coronavirus outbreak, was raised over the weekend, but that the final decision was not passed on to the west London club until Monday in the morning.
“Usually I’m always the last to moan or complain about anything because I realize it’s difficult and it is, but what happened to us (is unfair),” Parker said.
“Also confirming a Premier League game, this is the Premier League, one of the best leagues in the world, confirming that at 9.30 on Monday morning is really scandalous, to be honest with you.
“It’s not about the accessory. The accessory is fine. I accept that we have to play. But it is the warning.
“Maybe people in these places don’t understand how you manage teams and how you manage players, but you are constantly exercising well in advance, and the decisions that I would have made or would have made (were affected), either against QPR or players. who have just returned. “
Fulham was due to play the Spurs on December 30, but the Cottagers team had returned a series of positive Covid-19 tests and the game was suspended less than three hours before kickoff.
“By the way, we’ve had a tough time in terms of Covid,” Parker said.
“We have not been out there (announcing) our numbers publicly, but we have had it very difficult.
And working with our players over the weekend, thinking they have six or seven days until their next game for them to catch up or work on (stuff), that quickly changed (on) Monday morning and, for me, it’s crazy actually. “
Parker disagreed with comments made by José Mourinho that the biggest impact was the postponement of the games and that the late warning was not unfair due to the last-minute decision to reschedule the previous game.
As for being told that the game was canceled 48 hours before or two hours before, it’s really irrelevant. It’s a disappointment that you canceled a game and I get it.
“But having a game called 48 hours in advance is (unfair). Listen, I don’t want to go into that with respect to José, but I think he will know very well that you plan structures, you plan physical elements for the players ”.
He added: “Tottenham knew they had this match, Jose’s team selection at the weekend suggested that it is probably planned for the next one, no matter how many games it has and it has many games of course.
“But that’s exactly how I see it. I see this happening if it was a clash at the top of the table with two of the biggest teams and managers who are constantly talking here? No, probably not. This is not acceptable to me. “
No sympathy for Mourinho
Asked if Fulham had the right to be upset, Mourinho replied: “Are you serious? They had 48 hours to prepare for this game. Do you think so? I received the news that I was not going to play with them two hours before it started. the game “.
Had the game with Fulham not been rearranged for Wednesday, the Spurs would have been scrambling to find room for him on a roster of games that is heavily congested anyway as Mourinho’s men challenge on four fronts.
Mourinho called the solution “positive.”
“The biggest impact is that the games are postponed. That is the biggest impact ”, added the Portuguese.
“The change in the order of the parties, the impact is minimal, I would say. In the end you have to play 19 games at home and 19 away, and two games against each team.
“So if it’s about helping the Premier League run and end properly, it’s a solution that we all have to accept as a positive solution.”
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