Sun. May 22nd, 2022

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Premier League (Anadalu agency)

Following calls from managers for transparency over why some matches have been called off and some have not, the Premier League has published guidance to explain its protocols for postponing fixtures.

Clubs have been told they must provide the following information when applying for a game to be postponed:

Details of players and staff who have Covid, their vaccination status and – if known – the source of their infections

Players and staff unavailable through injury and illness

Players on the squad list who are still available, including ‘appropriately experienced’ U21 players

Medical information to verify status of each unavailable player, which will be reviewed by the Premier League’s medical advisers

The Premier League will then consider the following factors when deciding whether to grant the request:

Impact of Covid infections, injuries, illness and isolation on the squad, plus the number of first-team and ‘appropriately experienced’ U21 players available

Matches will be postponed if a club does not have at least 13 outfield players and a goalkeeper available

Status of any Covid outbreak at the club, including the number and source infections, and the proximity to the match

Club’s ability to safely prepare its players

Medical advice over whether there is an unacceptable risk to the health and safety of players and staff by playing the match

Advice from UK Health Securities Agency and other public bodies

Other exceptional circumstances

By Nwosu Chizoba David

Nwosu Chizoba David is a soccer lover and writer. He is a graduate of Biological Sciences, presently teaching in a secondary in Lagos.

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