Premier League team, which has 13 positive cases of covid-19, asks to postpone date 18 to avoid spread of the virus

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 matchday 18 of the Premier League, this weekend, to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

“We think we should postpone the full-time 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 the clubs. Everyone faces that (…) Postpone 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 “Training camps, continued the Danish coach.

“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 kickoff, will be played later due to covid.

Leicester coach Brendan Rodgers regretted on Wednesday that his Thursday game against Tottenham was still standing, despite suffering nine absences from covid, other illnesses and injuries.

For his part, Liverpool’s German coach Jurgen Klopp on Wednesday demanded more transparency around coronavirus cases.

“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 doesn’t anyone 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 can’t play, “concluded Klopp.

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