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Premier League set to change Covid-19 postponement rules

Premier League set to change Covid-19 postponement rules
Tottenham Hotspur’s South Korean striker Son Heung-Min reacts after missing a chance during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates Stadium in London on September 26, 2021. (Photo by IAN KINGTON / IKIMAGES /AFP via Getty Images)

The Daily Mail report that the Premier League are set to change their rules on Covid-19 postponements to include a minimum of four positive cases to get matches called off.

Even then, that figure of four positive Covid cases would be a minimum requirement, rather than an automatic postponement.

Presumably, it would be combined with the number of players available to come to a final decision, but the Mail don’t have any further details of the specifics of the new rules.

As usual, Arsenal’s case is more important to everyone than the other 21 postponements, and it is cited as the inciting incident to intensify the acrimony around the league.

The new plans have widespread backing, and they could come into play in the near future.

But no official meeting is planned until February 10th, so it’s unlikely the rules will be introduced before Arsenal’s next game.

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 23, 2022. - - RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)
Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta gestures on the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in London on January 23, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

Assuming they plan to change the rules, the Premier League clubs would have to hold a vote, with at least 14 of them agreeing. That doesn’t seem like a difficult total to reach right now.

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