Premier League clubs will meet on Monday to decide whether to postpone any day of Christmas to stem the impact of the virus on the league.
In total, ten matches have been suspended in the past 10 days, six of them on the same day this weekend.
The Premier League has designated Boxing Day on December 26 and matches on December 27, 28, 29 and 30 and January 1, 2 and 3. Last Monday, the competition recorded 42 cases of infection among more than 3000 players and club employees, which is a record number since the epidemic began, and the number is expected to continue to grow, as the results will be announced on Monday.
The latest case was Chelsea, which asked the prime minister to suspend their Sunday game against Wolverhampton Wanderers, which was rejected. Thomas Tuchel, the “Blues” coach, confirmed Jorginho’s injury and said that they traveled with him by bus and dined with the Italian, so he does not rule out the emergence of more injuries in the coming hours.
Chelsea had to play its match with six players on the bench, two of whom are goalkeepers.
Liverpool, who played on Sunday, before facing Tottenham Hotspur positive for Thiago Alcantara and his coach, Jurgen Klopp, announced that all staff have already received the booster dose, as well as players who are already in a position to receive it.
“If they tell me stopping is the solution, I support it. If we stop until everyone gets the third dose and after two weeks we play again, that’s excellent. If we stop for nothing, I don’t see a point,” the German said at a press conference.
It is estimated that the proportion of vaccinated players in the English Premier League is lower than in the rest of the European leagues, and this week, according to official figures, the English Football League (from the second to the fourth tier) was announced. Only 59% of players get both doses while 25% don’t plan to get vaccinated.
Despite the tightening of antiviral measures in the prime minister, with the imposition of indoor masks, daily tests and two PCRs per week, and the safety distance, competition, like the United Kingdom, which breaks infection records every day, is suffering from the impact of the omicron variable.
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