Tottenham ‘surprised’ match against Arsenal in England postponed

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Tottenham Hotspur were surprised by the Premier League’s decision today, Saturday, to postpone the north London summit against Arsenal, scheduled for Sunday, due to the large number of absentees due to Covid-19 infection , injuries and the participation of players in the African championship. Nations Cup in Cameroon.

Arsenal had asked the League on Friday to postpone due to the insufficient number of players to play the match.

“With fewer players available than needed to play the game (13 players plus a goalkeeper) at Arsenal, the committee has accepted the club’s request (to postpone the game),” the association said in a statement.

And it is the 21st game to be postponed in the Premier League this season in just over a month, and since then the number of people infected with the Omicron mutated strain of the Corona virus has increased.

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka is out with a red card against Liverpool in the League Cup semi-final first leg last Thursday, while Cedric Soares, Bukayo Saka and Callum Chambers are injured.

Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang traveled to Cameroon to participate with their country’s teams in the African Cup of Nations, while Norwegian Martin Odegaard contracted Covid-19.

Arsenal are fifth in the league with 35 points from 20 games, two points ahead of sixth-placed Tottenham from 18 games.

Spurs released a statement saying the league’s decision to postpone the game shortly before it was scheduled would negatively affect fans’ plans.

“We are very surprised the request has been approved,” Spurs said.

He added: “The main purpose of the regulations is to manage player readiness which is directly linked to Covid-19 injuries, which affects the increase in absentees, as with the presence of injured, the question results in the inability to include a squad.”

“We don’t think the objective was to deal with the preparation of players which is not linked to Covid. It is important to clarify the regulations in this area,” he added.

Earlier today, Arsenal said in a statement: “We are aware of the significance of this game for our fans around the world, but the League has taken the decision to postpone due to the absence of many players due to of Covid-19, injuries and the players’ participation in the Africa Cup of Nations.”

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