Spurs and Chelsea matches rearranged as Government pressure to justify sport’s exemption grows after series of Covid-19 breaches by players

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The number of Covid-19 breaches footballers have committed is making the Government find it hard to justify exemption from suspension. Spurs’ match with Fulham has been rearranged for Wednesday.

Spurs and Chelsea matches rearranged as Government pressure to justify sport’s exemption grows after series of Covid-19 breaches by players

Spurs & Chelsea matches rearranged

The Premier League has confirmed the rearrangement of 3 fixtures this week after Aston Villa were unable to fulfil the fixture with Tottenham Hotspur due to a Covid-19 outbreak.

Instead of Villa, Spurs will now face Fulham in the rearranged fixture which was postponed due to an outbreak in the West London club earlier this season. This has meant a knock on effect for Fulham’s Friday match with Chelsea which has now been confirmed to have been delayed by a single day to Saturday.

Furthermore, to give Aston Villa more time for self-isolation and recovery, their match with Everton has been suspended by a single day from Saturday 16th to Sunday 17th.

Government pressure

With the number of footballing breaches of Covid-19 regulations, the Government has reportedly come under increased scrutiny to justify the exemption of the sport from the lockdown.

Ever since football began again after the initial suspension during the first lockdown, it has continued indefinitely with interruption only coming from match suspensions when outbreaks have occurred within squads. However, these outbreaks have caused increased scrutiny of the clubs and their players especially considering a number of high-profile breaches over the festive period.

Benjamin Mendy, Luka Milivojevic, Aleksandr Mitrovic, Sergio Regulion, Manuel Lanzini, Erik Lamela and Giovanni Lo Celso have all been reported to have broken guidelines.

Spurs and Chelsea matches rearranged as Government pressure to justify sport’s exemption grows after series of Covid-19 breaches by players

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – AUGUST 19: Benjamin Mendy of Manchester City looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at Etihad Stadium on August 19, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

BBC Sport Editor Dan Roan has now confirmed that the Government are ‘concerned’ with these breaches and other instances such as the celebrations of non-league side Chorley after their FA Cup win over Derby County.

“Government ministers are “concerned” that such scenes of dressing-room celebrations over the weekend risk making it harder to justify elite sporting continuing, & want football to redouble its efforts over social distancing protocols and guidelines,” wrote Roan to his Twitter profile.

“According to one well-placed Whitehall source, elite sport is not quite in the last chance saloon, but after a series of high-profile player breaches away from clubs, ministers are worried it’s becoming harder to justify exemption it’s been granted, and there’s no guarantees.”

“The FA says it will be reminding clubs of their responsibilities following the behaviour of some over the weekend. They reiterated the importance of adhering to protocols ahead of the FA Cup 3rd round, which included minimising time spent in changing rooms.”

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.

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