Frank calls for all PL fixtures this weekend to be postponed

Brentford boss Thomas Frank wants this weekend’s full round of Premier League fixtures postponed to “break the chain” on the current Covid crisis.

Speaking ahead of his side’s trip to Southampton on Saturday, Frank said he had been in touch with the Premier League, as well as other managers in the league who he said are in agreement.

Frank was told mid-press conference that there were four additional positive Covid-19 cases within the Brentford camp, taking the total among players at staff at the club to 13.

Brentford’s clash with Manchester United on Tuesday was postponed due to a Covid outbreak in the United camp, and Frank feels drastic action is needed to ensure the problem does not get any worse.

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Brendan Rodgers says he was disappointed the Premier League refused their request to postpone the game against Tottenham due to the absence of nine players.

“We think we should postpone the full round of Premier League games this weekend,” he said on Thursday morning.

“Covid cases are going through the roof at all Premier League clubs, everyone is dealing with it and having problems.

“To postpone this round and also the Carabao Cup round would give everyone a week at least, or four or five days to clean and do everything at the training ground so everything is clean and you break the chain.”

Frank believes a decision to halt this weekend’s round of top-flight fixtures could be enough to sure the busy festive programme will be able to go ahead largely as planned.

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Tottenham boss Antonio Conte confirmed some players have returned to training after isolating, but they must be patient as they build up their fitness.

“We fully respect that we want to play and it is important football keeps going, and this way we can make sure Boxing Day keeps going, I’m 100 per cent sure of that,” added Frank.

“This Omicron variant is running like wildfire around the world and I think we need to do all we can to protect and avoid it. I think we can do a lot by closing down training grounds for three, four or five days, and then we can go again.”

This weekend’s Premier League fixtures

Saturday

  • Manchester United vs Brighton
  • Aston Villa vs Burnley
  • Southampton vs Brentford
  • Watford vs Crystal Palace
  • West Ham vs Norwich
  • Leeds vs Arsenal

Sunday

  • Everton vs Leicester
  • Wolves vs Chelsea
  • Newcastle vs Manchester City

Carabao Cup fixtures

Tuesday

  • Arsenal vs Sunderland

Wednesday

  • Brentford vs Chelsea
  • Liverpool vs Leicester
  • Tottenham vs West Ham

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