Chelsea have every right to fume as Premier League Covid decision highlights broken priorities – Football.London

The Premier League has ruled against postponing December’s fixtures despite the rise in COVID-19 cases across the board.

Disappointed, but not surprised.

Cliche, I know, but how else can I describe football’s governing bodies going against what may be best for the health of the players?

Whilst I am all for the continuation of football with it being my personal go-to for comfort during these bleak times, we have to consider the players and their families. It may not seem like it to some, but these men have lives outside of the game too.

As the cases surge through England’s elite level, Chelsea and Thomas Tuchel must fight another day if they are to remain contenders for the Premier League title.

Thomas Tuchel, Manager of Chelsea speaks to the media after the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea at Molineux on December 19, 2021 in Wolverhampton, England.
Thomas Tuchel not happy with Premier League decision to allow Chelsea’s match to go ahead

Following Chelsea’s draw against Wolverhampton over the weekend, Thomas Tuchel made his feelings very clear. He doesn’t care about the result, he more so cares about the health of his players. Jorginho became the latest squad player to catch the virus, but there is fear that he might not be the last.

Despite dropping points in an unworthy manner, his priority is to keep his players safe – so shouldn’t this be the same for the Premier League?

Forgive me if I am overstepping here, but surely we must take a look at the facts. The fact is that cases are rising, and it is not as safe as it once was for the players to play such a contact sport.

There are many arguments for the Premier League to continue as normal. A large portion pertaining to monetary gain, and another portion for the benefit of match goers and armchair fans.

There were several concerns for the mental health of football lovers who had to face three months without watching their team play football last year. These were dark moments during a crisis beyond the world’s control. Unfortunately, I feel that a small postponement right now may be necessary to avoid a long-term possibility of an English football blackout.

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It sounds drastic, I know, however, Thomas Tuchel makes an excellent point that speaks on behalf of all teams facing a surge in cases within their camp.

“We were struggling with the preparation because we had several consecutive days with positive covid tests and then we traveled together for three hours with the team, we had dinner together we had another positive test with Jorginho,” Chelsea’s manager told the BBC.

“People are worried because they were on the same bus and had the same dinner.

“It is not safe. We talk about protecting players and a safe environment but it is not safe. I would be not surprised if the next test shows up and we have more positives. How should it stop if we sit in the bus and have dinners and just stay together like nothing happened?”

Serious questions from the Chelsea boss who probably echoes the thoughts of several others within the league.

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