The English Premier Football League leadership has tightened the rules for postponing matches against the background of the COVID-19 pandemic, the official website of the league reports.
According to the innovations, the clubs of the English championship can apply for a postponement of the match if there are at least four confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the team. The clubs’ applications will be considered on an individual basis. The rules will come into force before the next match of the championship of England “Burnley” — “Watford” on February 5.
As Sky Sports notes, the change is due to a series of controversial decisions to cancel matches, when clubs summed up coronavirus-infected, injured, disqualified players, as well as football players located in the national teams to postpone games.
From January 17 to January 23, 16 new cases of COVID-19 infection were registered in the Premier League. This season, 22 matches of the English championship were postponed due to coronavirus and other factors. The last game cancelled at the moment was a meeting between Arsenal and Tottenham on January 16, which caused criticism from the management of Spurs.