Thomas Frank, coach of Brentford, whose team has 13 players and members of the coaching staff infected by covid-19, requested this Thursday the postponement of the 18th day of the Premier League, this weekend, to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
“We think we should postpone the full day of the Premier League next weekend,” Frank said, after his match against Manchester United scheduled for Tuesday was postponed due to an outbreak of cases in the ‘Red Devils’.
“The number of covid cases explodes in all clubs. Everyone faces that (…) Postponing this day and also (the quarterfinals of) the League Cup (next Tuesday and Wednesday) would give everyone at least a week or four or five days to disinfect “the training grounds, the Danish coach continued.
“That would allow breaking the chain (of contagions) in all the clubs,” insisted Frank, whose pupils should play on Saturday in Southampton.
For its part, the Premier League announced on Monday a weekly record of positives for covid, since the generalization of the detection in May 2020 with 42 positive samples from 3,805 tests among players and technical bodies.
The United Kingdom is experiencing another rebound due to the spread of the new variant of coronavirus, christened omicron, with 78,610 cases reported on Wednesday.
In addition to Brentford-Manchester United, Brighton-Tottenham scheduled for last Sunday, and Burnley-Watford, postponed on Wednesday before kick-off, will be played later due to covid.
Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers lamented on Wednesday that his Thursday game against Tottenham was still on, despite suffering nine absences from covid, other illnesses and injuries.
For his part, Liverpool’s German coach Jurgen Klopp demanded more transparency around coronavirus cases on Wednesday.
“From my point of view, I do not understand at all why we are not more open on the subject. Many people get covid at this time, it is a fact. If I was infected, and I hope not, I would have said it without any problem “, said the German coach.
“Why are we hiding it? Why does no one say the number of players affected? It is always a certain number of players and the coaching staff. Come on, say it, so that everyone understands why we cannot play,” concluded Klopp.