Crystal Palace’s bid to have their Boxing Day trip to Tottenham postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak has been turned down by the Premier League despite manager Patrick Vieira testing positive.
Vieira revealed on Christmas Eve his side has suffered a “couple of cases” but that outbreak has reportedly worsened over the past 48 hours.
However, it has not been deemed sufficient by the Premier League for the game to be rescheduled.
Clubs were told at a meeting on Monday that games will go ahead if each team has 13 fit outfield players and a goalkeeper.
At the same meeting, the English top flight clubs rejected the option of temporarily halting the season to allow a circuit breaker for infections.
Three games scheduled for the traditional round of matches on December 26 have already been called off due to squads decimated by Covid-19 infections and injuries.
Postponements to Leeds’ trip to Liverpool, Everton’s clash with Burnley and Watford’s visit to Wolves…
Source: Guardian Newspaper