Premier League announces 36 new positive tests

Premier League announces 36 new positive tests

"The biggest impact is to have matches postponed", he added.

Fulham manager Scott Parker has criticised the Premier League for rearranging his side's game at Tottenham Hotspur for Wednesday (Jan 13), giving him only 48 hours to prepare his players.

The league's decision to continue playing drew criticism from Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce, who said it was "morally wrong" for soccer to continue as Covid-19 infections continue to rise in the country.

Villa's first-team bubble - including players and staff - were re-tested over the weekend and it is understood the situation has not improved significantly from their previous round of tests.

Spurs could face Fulham instead of Aston Villa this week due to the Birmingham-based club's Covid-19 outbreak as EPL looks to rearrange.

Tottenham was scheduled to play Aston Villa on Wednesday but the match was postponed on Monday at the request of Villa because 10 of its players tested positive for the coronavirus last week.

The Premier League, following an immediate board meeting to consider Villa's request, approved the fixture changes on Monday morning.

"So if it's to help the Premier League to go and to end properly, I think it is a solution we all have to accept as a positive solution".

Parker, who was given little game time by Mourinho while he was a player at Chelsea, said the Portuguese's gripe did not compare with his own dilemma. That is disappointing. To have a game agreed at 48 hours notice... "Listen, I don't want to get into that regarding Jose but I think he'll know too well, that you plan structures, you plan physical elements for players".

Despite growing pressure to temporarily halt the season, the Premier League decided not to schedule a mid-season break, saying it had "confidence in its Covid-19 protocols to enable fixtures to be played".

Although the side fulfilled its FA Cup obligations by sending out its young setup for the third round tie against Liverpool, the club was unlikely to do the same in the Premier League.

"We were then told on Monday at 0930 we had to fill in for Villa".

That's unlikely to happen again this week for the game against Tottenham with first-team training cancelled until further notice. "It's beyond belief really".

Fulham were also initially due to play local rivals Chelsea at Craven Cottage on Friday bit will now play them on Saturday.

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