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Premier League decide to run festive events despite covid turmoil

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Premier League decide to run festive events despite covid turmoil

Premier League decide to run festive events despite covid turmoil

Fans have had to use a Covid-19 license to attend matches in recent weeks of Premier League and EFL clubs have chosen to run festive events despite continued disruption due to coronavirus cases. 20 Premier League clubs met on Monday to discuss a list of matches after six weekend matches were postponed.

One round of the Christmas Games was likely to be postponed. There were no votes and therefore two rounds of football matches are in force for five days starting 26 December, while the EFL will play games “where it is safe to do so.”

The 20th week of the Premier League, starting from 28 December was expected to be postponed to ease the pressure on Premier League teams. Instead, clubs were informed if they had 13 fit players and one goalkeeper to complete their game. “The health and well-being of all those involved is our priority, and the League will continue to monitor and reflect public health guidelines, always proceeding with caution,” the Premier League said.

Replays in FA Cup three and four rounds were however scrapped and talks are ongoing over the possibility of reducing ties to single-stage matches in the EFL Cup semi-finals. Premier League data on Monday showed 77% of players had two vaccinations, up from 68% in October. Some players and staff received three vaccines, but 92% had at least one.

EFL Executive Director Trevor Birch said: “We will continue to work with clubs, officials and other agencies to monitor the rate of Covid-19 cases and be prepared to respond accordingly, however, it appears that we can do. Continue to offer safe sports where clubs have sufficiently healthy staff on and off the field.

“With the club’s mitigation measures, the mass adoption of booster jabs and the need for Covid certification for larger crowds now, we are confident that many fans will continue to feel confident in their Christmas matches and look forward to wishing them all the best.”

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