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Spurs Hit by COVID Outbreak, Request Delay of Albion Match

The ongoing pandemic has left an unerasable mark on the hearts and souls of all football fans. Since last year, we are reading the sports news with a bit of anxiety, fearing to hear about another lockdown or another suspension of our favourite sport. For Spurs fans, this moment has come this week: the team reportedly has at least six members out with COVID and is said to be forced to request its clash with Brighton & Hove Albion to be postponed.

Important game to play

This week, the Spurs have an important game to play that they can’t call off at this point. Their upcoming match in the Europa Conference League group stage, against Rennes, is a “must-win” - a victory would ensure the Spurs widen their lead ahead of Vitesse and proceed to the next stage.

The game is not under threat at this point - but a victory might be, as several members of the first team, along with two members of the coaching staff tested positive for COVID this week. As per UEFA’s regulations, a team can ask to call off a match if it has fewer than 13 available players or no goalkeeper. As this is not the case with the Spurs, the game is still on.

Delays in the Premier League

While the club hasn’t officially commented on the news just yet, reports across the media seem to know that up to six of the Spurs’ players are possibly infected. While the game against Rennes in the Conference League will be played, the Spurs’ upcoming Premier League matches may be postponed, at least the one scheduled on Sunday against Albion.

This, of course, is not a decision to be taken lightly. The players must still undergo a PCR test to confirm the suspicion of being infected - and the team will ask for a delay in their upcoming games only if necessary.

Different rules

The rules that apply to the Spurs’ upcoming Premier League match are a bit different from those enforced by UEFA. Normally, a league match is not postponed until the team requesting it has at least 14 players listed on the squad list available. But we live in unusual times, and this asks for unusual measures. When it comes to a possible COVID outbreak at the club, a decision is made on a case-by-case basis - the league’s board convenes and makes a decision based on medical evidence and a series of other factors.

Several matches have been rescheduled due to COVID outbreaks last season, so there’s nothing new about it. Still, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that.






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