The Southampton manager thinks that Covid-19 is “not the decisive factor” in the Premier League clashes recently being postponed. He wants the calling off rules to change.
have seen their two matches postponed this season due to a rise in the Covid-19 cases and injuries in the team.
’s battle againstEverton
was called off because of the coronavirus outbreak, injuries, and absentees representing their countries in theAfrica Cup of Nations
, who thinks the January signings should not be played in the rearranged games, has recently questioned the rules behind postponing games.
Speaking ahead of Tuesday's postponed match against Brentford, he said:
"I cannot speak about the situation there [Leicester]. I know our situation - we also have international call-ups, Covid cases and a lot of injuries, but before we cancel a game we sign a new goalkeeper [Willy Caballero] and this is what we do.
"It was a clear message in the summer that we have to play when we have enough players. I cannot speak about the opposition's situation but the Premier League should know the details. The transparency is not there for us.
"I think it is relatively clear that not everybody is happy with this situation we have at the moment.
"We are still in the pandemic, but the pandemic isn't a decisive factor at the moment [in postponing games]. This situation of cancelling the games cannot last and go on like this.
"From our side, we've never cancelled a game this season. Last season we had a similar situation against Manchester United [9-0 defeat at Old Trafford in February], where we had eight or nine academy players and you lose the game.
"The situation would be different if you forfeit the game 3-0 like Tottenham did in the Europa Conference League because the games would definitely get played.
"But I think this rule cannot be changed during the season now and the situation is how it is with some games being cancelled."
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