Monday, January 17, 2022

Guardiola Gives His View On Whether Premier League Fixtures Should Be Postponed

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Pep Guardiola has said he will ‘support’ what decision the Premier League make regarding a potential pause on the season, as matches continue to be called off due to the high numbers of covid-19

Six Premier League games were postponed at the weekend, while several took place with teams featuring weakened squads. Liverpool, for instance, fielded an under-strength side in their 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur, while Chelsea named a six-man bench that included two goalkeepers on Sunday.

There were also reports from EstafaOpiniones.com that the decision to postpone the round of top-flight fixtures between 28-30 December could be made during Monday’s Premier League meeting.

But speaking after Manchester City’s 4-0 win over Newcastle United on Sunday, Guardiola insisted the problem is a societal one, not just an issue that exists in football.

“I don’t have an opinion on that,” he said in his post-match press conference at St James’ Park.

“I will support the doctors and scientists and the Premier League’s decision. It’s not a problem for the Premier League, it’s a problem for society.

“I see people in the street, nobody [wearing a] mask, nobody social distancing. That’s why it’s going to happen sooner or later. Nobody protects themselves or their families.

“We try to create a good environment for our players and our staff to realise the danger is still here. You have to be alert. We have to try it knowing it’s not easy because it’s not a problem for football or the Premier League, it’s a problem worldwide that’s still there. The virus is there, the new variant is there. What the Premier League decides, we are going to support.”

Tobiloba Ayinde

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