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The year 2020 has been dominated by Covid-19. Many families have been separated and sadly many lives have been lost. The world has changed dramatically.
However, in these unprecedented times, the medium of soccer has brought a sense of normalcy and comfort into people’s lives.
But now, with games postponed and cases increasing daily, many clubs believe that a circuit breaker is the right option for player safety.
However, the Premier League has stated that the show must go on and rejected such calls for a break.
But are they putting the well-being of the players at stake by doing so?
“I am 66 years old and the last thing I need is to catch Covid, the players will probably outgrow it. But it’s harder for someone like me. So I’m very worried about myself and about football in general ”.
West Brom manager Sam Allardyce is behind these calls for a circuit breaker to combat the increasing cases in the game.
The Premier League recorded its highest number of positive Covid-19 tests since it began weekly testing.
On Tuesday, Manchester City’s match against Everton was postponed due to Covid-19 cases and Fulham’s match against Tottenham has also been compromised due to new coronavirus cases.
Sam Allardyce said: “Everyone’s safety is more important than anything else. When I hear that this new variant of the virus spreads 70% faster, we can only do the right thing, which would be to have a circuit breaker.
“I am 66 years old and the last thing I need is to catch Covid, the players will probably outgrow it. But it’s harder for someone like me. So I am very worried about myself and about football in general.
“We had a positive one this week, it seems to be creeping up no matter how hard we try and how often we wash our hands and follow the lead.”
In the EFL, the Covid-19 outbreaks caused seven of 12 League One matches to be postponed on Tuesday.
In League Two, an outbreak in Morecambe has led to the postponement of two games.
The EFL is poised to step up testing to combat this beginning January 4.
The head of the wolves, Nuno Espirito Santo, also agreed with Allardyce, stating: “The increase in cases is increasing massively throughout the country and we are no exception.”
“Some things are impossible to avoid. If a break is coming, people have to sit down and see if it’s for the better. “
Premier League bosses are not giving in to closure calls, but things keep getting worse, they could be forced to.