Following the rise of positive coronavirus cases in the Premier League clubs, West Brom boss called for a break to hinder the overspread of the disease.
, believes there should be a break in the Premier League following the overspread of Covid-19 among English clubs. According to some reports, there have been more than 1,500 cases among players and staff that tested positive from 21st to 27th of December.
Allardyce talking about the current dilemma, said:
“Everyone’s safety is more important than anything else.”
“When I listen to the news the variant virus transmits quicker than the original virus we can only do the right thing which is have a circuit break.”
“I am 66 years old and the last thing I want to do it catch Covid. I’m very concerned for myself and football in general. If that’s what needs to be done we need to do it.”
“We had one positive this week and it seems to be creeping around no matter how hard we try.”
Though no attempts are being made to stop the current crisis, with the virus outbreak inSheffield United
it is expected that things will be taken into consideration soon.
has already confirmed that
of players and
“four or five backroom staff”
“It’s not an ideal situation but I don’t think we’re a club of one. It (the virus) is picking up and it’s running high at football clubs,”
“We just notified the relevant authorities that we’ve had a situation at the football club. But I want to play football. That’s how it is, we’re not looking to get anything canned. We did the right thing as far as our responsibility to the Premier League and notified them regarding the players that are ill.”
Other teams includingManchester City
have taken precautionary measures to prevent the outbreak of the virus on their team whileArsenal
reported that their player,Gabriel
, has tested positive.Southampton
coach, Ralph Hasenhuttl, also missed their recent match after testing positive for Covid-19.
A Premier League statement read:
“The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday 21 December and Sunday 27 December, 1,479 players and Club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, there were 18 new positive tests.”
“Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of 10 days.”
“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.”
Sheffield United also released a statement, saying:
“Sheffield United can confirm the club recorded a number of positive coronavirus tests after the latest round of testing.”
“Due to medical confidentiality the club will not be revealing the names of those who have been affected.”
“The individuals who have tested positive have now entered into a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and Government guidelines.”
“Everyone at Sheffield United would like to extend our best wishes to our colleagues and wish them a speedy recovery.”
Other U.K. leagues have also postponed their matches due to the coronavirus overspread and as told by League OneRochdale
, who asked the team to postpone two of their matches:
“This is my opinion as a doctor. Some people will disagree, some won’t, this is just my opinion based on what I have seen working in the NHS and at a football club.”