Hey English Premier League This weekend will be the 15th round, but the rise in coronovirus cases threatens the continuity of football in England. Many games of smaller divisions in the country have been postponed in recent times and even on Saturdays due to large number of infected athletes.
In addition, more Premier League players have been infected with the disease in recent times. Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus Is on that list. that Tested positive on christmas friday And will be away from Manchester City for at least ten days, as will defender Walker. Covid-19 cases in England have increased by 57% in the past week. According to the British government, around 19,000 people are in hospital for treatment of the disease.
With that, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced more restrictive prevention measures (Phase 4 of the Plan Against Epidemics), with the prohibition of non-essential trade-offs and meetings in closed environments with people not living in the same house. This is an attempt to erase mutant strain Coronavirus Which is spreading rapidly throughout the country. Variants can be up to 70% more transferable According to the government, compared to previous versions of the virus. The new mutation was first detected in southeastern England in September and is rapidly dominating London and other parts of the country.
In this scenario, teams competing in the English Championship were warned Game to be postponed in the coming weeksAccording to the newspaper Wire. Recently, the duel between New England and Aston Villa was postponed due to the number of cases at the Northern England club. The league reported that it has conducted more than 24,000 tests of the Kovid-19 this season, with 111 positive results (0.45%).
In smaller divisions, many matches have been rescheduled. The Rotherham team postponed two games in the second division. On the 19th, the problem was revealed to the squad of rival Derby County, with many players positive for the Kovid-19 after recent tests. This Saturday, the duel with Derby County was also postponed as the club discovered more cases.
Millwall’s team announced an outbreak this week that would force the suspension of Tuesday’s game against Bournemouth. The appointment was rescheduled for 12 January.
Several games of Football League One, English Third Division have also been postponed due to the emergence of coronovirus cases. Doncaster’s game against Ankington Stanley was suspended before coming along this Saturday.
Other suspended skirmishes of the day include Swindon Town as well as third division leaders Portsmouth such as Blackpool vs Rochedale, Gillingham vs Peterborough and Sunderland vs Hull City. Nevertheless, the English Football League (EFL), the league responsible for 72 clubs in the second, third and fourth divisions, ensures that Arenas has a safe environment for sports and fans, even if some teams have fans in the stands. Can be obtained.
Boxing day separately
One of England’s greatest football traditions, “Boxing Day”, a holiday that has been celebrated since the 19th century and after Christmas in the whole of Britain, except for countries that once belonged to the British Empire, such as Australia, New Zealand And Canada is a day full of games from multiple divisions, with stadiums all over. It was on that holiday that the first football game between teams took place in history: On 26 December 1860, Sheffield and Hallam met with the military in England.
a The date will be different, with no fans in the stands due to the coronovirus epidemic and its effects in the United Kingdom and matches of divisions under the suspended Premier League due to the Kovid-19 cases. As it is a holiday, Boxing Day appointments usually register an outstanding public in stadiums.
Fans were allowed to return to the stadiums in early December, which has not taken place since March, when it was suspended due to an epidemic last season. Half of the English Premier League clubs initially secured Level 2 approval, which allowed two thousand fans in the stands. But as of this Saturday, only Everton and Liverpool are allowed to host fans at their stadium. Level 3 considers the game with closed gates. This is the current reality of 18 English Premier League teams.
The main clash on this year’s Boxing Day was a 2–2 draw between Leicester and Manchester United, The runners-up and third place in the competition, respectively, and who are separated by only one point on the table (28 to 27). The London Classic between Arsenal and Chelsea is also another game with great appeal. Rivals are won at opposite moments in the tournament. Frank Lampard’s team is in fifth place with 25 points, and the team coached by Mikel Arteta holds a long run of victories in the tournament and only appears 15th with 14.