Inside Premier League Covid meeting with bosses prepared for ‘unthinkable’ financial blow


Premier League chiefs held a two-hour meeting on Monday to discuss potential season interruptions, FA Cup reruns and more with the shadow of another Covid spike hanging over sport

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FA chiefs have agreed to cut FA Cup reruns to help save the Premier League season.

Third and fourth round matches will now go to overtime and penalties as one-off matches to help ease the chaos of matches after the outbreak of Covid cases.

Prem bosses are confident the move will allow the season to go as planned without a ‘cutout’ after the top 20 flying clubs held a crisis meeting on Monday.

They are also polling EFL bosses to ask if they can reduce the two-legged Carabao Cup semifinals in January to a single tie to give them extra dates for rescheduled postponed matches.

The EFL has announced that it is also taking a similar stance as it plans to continue its Christmas matches in the Championship, Leagues 1 and 2.







Premier League chiefs have decided to continue the season rather than take a ‘cutout’
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They are confident that this week’s Carabao Cup quarter-finals will go as planned and, like the Premier League, are hopeful that the Christmas and holiday matches can be played.

But football is bracing for the grim prospect of another potential government lockdown and having to play behind closed doors.

It would be unthinkable for the Premier League and another huge financial blow in terms of entry revenue, trade deals and TV contract.

But they are determined to continue the festive fixtures despite loud calls from clubs to postpone Round 20 fixtures between December 28 and 30, which are due to be streamed live on Amazon.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has publicly said he will support moving these games as the turnaround since Boxing Day would be too quick and could be dangerous for the well-being of players, especially with the growing number of cases. of Covid.

But there was no vote, and the general feeling during the two-hour virtual meeting – conducted via Zoom – was that they should play as much as possible.

The Premier League has also taken the step of releasing the latest vaccination figures on players with 84% having had at least one jab. They also confirmed that 92% of players and club staff received one, two or three doses.

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