According to The Telegraph, Chairs at some clubs have held informal talks after Everton's match with Manchester City was postponed at late notice last night following a spate of new positive tests among the latter's staff.
Striker Gabriel Jesus and fullback Kyle Walker were already in self-isolation having tested positive themselves a few days previously and City requested that the game be called off, albeit without consultation with Everton.
Sheffield United, whom Everton played on Boxing Day, have revealed a number of cases at their club but their match against Burnley is going ahead this evening.
Meanwhile, Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is also in "quarantine" after a member of his household returned a positive result.
In all, the Premier League has reported 18 new cases of the virus from the latest round of testing, the highest count since Project Restart last summer and there are fears that the new variant of the novel coronavirus could see that number climb higher still in the coming days.
Additionally, with the United Kingdom's spiking Covid-19 numbers, the Government's review of tiered restrictions could lead to another national lockdown and that would restrict all fans from attending matches for the time being.
Liverpool, as a Tier 2 region, is currently the only city still able to host up to 2,000 fans inside their Premier League stadiums.
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1 Posted 29/12/2020 at 19:02:25
2 Posted 29/12/2020 at 21:27:54
I would think a lot will depend on what new measures if any are put in place by the government tomorrow, it's likely that many areas will remain in Tier 4 or those that are below that tier will be put into a higher one.
3 Posted 30/12/2020 at 13:06:59
4 Posted 30/12/2020 at 13:12:31
We are already 4 games behind usual schedule, 3 games missed in the two weeks will mean teams are 7 games behind schedule.
5 Posted 30/12/2020 at 13:21:32
Brian the report goes further actually and simply states that it will last as long as the rs deem fit.
6 Posted 30/12/2020 at 13:23:14
It would seem they are now subject to club specific review, based on the mitigating scenarios, which caused our match on Monday, to be postponed.
If theres a x2 week break, based on the nature of the COViD19, viruses, how can an6 governing body, legislate a x2 week break in fixtures?
God knows, but rates are rising nationally and on Merseyside, soIm expecting the country will be sen5 back to lockdown, as we were in 03/2020.
But thats my hunch. Sods law, as Everton are on the up and up, but, the health of the UK is more important than football.
Bu5 hopefully Everton, can get a good result against an improved West Ham, since we played them, in the Caribou.
All stay safe and well.
7 Posted 30/12/2020 at 14:10:55
8 Posted 30/12/2020 at 14:28:25
9 Posted 30/12/2020 at 15:39:09
My bet is the season won't finish until the middle of June and the Euros will simply need scrapping and just erasing from record books.
10 Posted 30/12/2020 at 16:41:05
11 Posted 30/12/2020 at 16:44:53
12 Posted 30/12/2020 at 18:13:06
Carlo once said, "Football is the most important of the less important things in the world." Sorry to disagree with the great man, but I would rate it even lower than that.
13 Posted 30/12/2020 at 18:18:54
I manage an NHS community service and the stress is never-ending, having to revert back to what we did in March is a huge ball-ache (sorry, James). But if it's what is needed to keep people safe, it's worth all the hard graft myself and my staff will have to put in. Football can wait again.
14 Posted 30/12/2020 at 22:07:33
15 Posted 30/12/2020 at 23:40:33
16 Posted 31/12/2020 at 07:40:40
17 Posted 01/01/2021 at 16:55:42
It will give us chance to get the likes of James, Allan and Digne closer to starting, it will give our squad a well earned break to recharge our batteries.
Once it resumes, will also be when champions league, Europa league kicks back in as well, so they will be playing extra games.
Get the West Ham game out of the way and a 2 week break could be perfect for Everton.
18 Posted 05/01/2021 at 17:33:46
I would be bitterly disappointed if there was a hiatus but it has to be accepted that safety comes first.
19 Posted 07/01/2021 at 15:19:29
20 Posted 07/01/2021 at 15:52:07
21 Posted 07/01/2021 at 16:00:02
22 Posted 08/01/2021 at 22:53:20
What are the odds that an Everton player transgresses and the club gets docked points?
23 Posted 08/01/2021 at 23:04:02
24 Posted 11/01/2021 at 13:13:36
No Dominic Calvert-Lewin for the game at Wolves due to hamstring injury and there will be a fitness test on Richarlison.
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