The English Premier League have suspended this weekend’s game between Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur after a Covid-19 outbreak at the visitors.
Spurs coach Antonio Conte had confirmed on Wednesday that several players had tested positive, which lead to UEFA postponing Spurs’ UEFA Europa League match against State Rennes.
At least eight Spurs players and five staff members are reported to have tested positive, drawing comparisons to Kaizer Chiefs’ situation with the Soweto giants having 36 members of their staff testing positive.
Similar to Chiefs closing down Naturena, Spurs also had to close down the club’s first team facilities.
However, unlike in South Africa, where the PSL’s lack of a public statement has surprised many, the Premier League has given clear guidance on the matter.
Brighton & Hove Albion’s home fixture against Tottenham Hotspur, due to be played on Sunday 12 December at 14:00 GMT, has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting this afternoon.
“Tottenham Hotspur asked for the match to be rearranged following a significant number of positive COVID-19 cases among players and relevant staff,” the league said in a statement on Thursday evening.
“This led to First Team facilities at the club’s training centre being closed after consultation with the Premier League and UK Health Security Agency.
“The Premier League Board has taken the decision to postpone the game following guidance from medical advisers, with the health of players and staff the priority.
“The postponed fixture will be rescheduled in due course and the Premier League wishes a quick recovery to those with COVID-19.”
In South Africa, a resolution had been taken by the PSL Executive in August that Covid-19 cases could not be used as exceptional circumstances to postpone a match.
As a consequence, there was much confusion around Chiefs’ last two matches, with both Cape Town City and Golden Arrows, as well as the respective match officials, appearing for their scheduled fixtures despite Chiefs stating they would not be able to honour the fixture.
The PSL are yet to publicly comment on the situation.