Premier League consider postponing Aston Villa v Tottenham game
The Premier League is considering postponing Tottenham Hotspur’s trip to Aston Villa on Wednesday due to the COVID-19 outbreak among Dean Smith’s team.
All of Villa’s first team were recently forced into self-isolation due to a significant spike in cases at Villa Park, forcing the Villains to play an academy-talented squad in the recent third-round defeat of the FA Cup against Liverpool.
There have been questions as to whether the Premier League would ask Villa to turn to his academy for the league game as well, but Athletic’s David Ornstein says league officials are looking to postpone the game and replacing him instead with Spurs’ meeting with Fulham which was postponed to December.
The Premier League are worried about how they can fit into Spurs’ canceled fixture against Fulham, but see an opportunity to end the game and give Villa enough chances to fully recover before their next game .
It’s a move that has sparked real frustration on the part of Fulham, who played 120 minutes against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday and is already set to face London rival Chelsea on Friday.
The idea of postponing that Chelsea game to Saturday has also been discussed, but so far no plan has been finalized.
Fulham was nonetheless asked to prepare for the action on Wednesday, suggesting that league officials see this as the best course of action.
We’ve already seen four Premier League matches postponed due to COVID-19, and those decisions are factored into this issue. The league wants to maintain fairness, and since none of the other teams have been forced to play academy players, there is a reluctance to start now.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho, who has criticized the Premier League’s handling of postponed games, confirmed after his side’s 5-0 win over Marine that he would prepare for the Villa game until what someone tells him otherwise.
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