A couple of matches have been rearranged and postponed and the Premier League chief executive claims more to come.
Fulham got notice that they had to face Tottenham Hotspur instead of Aston Villa in 48 hours and Scott Parker called the decision “scandalous”. Premier League chief executive, Richard Masters has written to the clubs to insist on the importance of strengthened Covid-19 protocols.
He warns the clubs that more matches might be postponed or rearranged at short notification.
“It is already clear that we must do all we can to efficiently utilise all available calendar slots, given there have been three significant Covid-19 outbreaks at clubs to date and we should therefore realistically plan for the fact that there may be more,” Masters wrote in his letter.
“Inevitably, requests for postponements will be at short notice and present difficulties for all parties and we appreciate clubs’ ongoing flexibility in helping us achieve our collective objectives.”
In terms of adhering to the new protocols sent to clubs last week – which includes avoiding hugging, handshakes and swapping shirts – Masters added: “We are fortunate to be able to continue to play and bring our competition to fans at home and around the world.
“This brings justified additional scrutiny and the Premier League must take the lead in setting the right example to follow.
“The FA has written to all clubs remaining in the FA Cup on similar terms, after disappointing and concerning scenes at some third round FA Cup matches.”