Mourinho offers sarcastic Premier League jibe over postponed Spurs, Fulham clash

Date published: Wednesday 30th December 2020 3:11 - Jonny Whitfield

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Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho admitted that he was getting impatient at the uncertainty over his side’s Premier League fixture with Fulham on Wednesday evening.

The game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, which was due to kick off at 6pm, has been postponed due to an outbreak of coronavirus in the Fulham camp.

Indeed, the Cottagers have encountered a number of new cases which have affected their squad numbers.

But ahead of the postponement, Mourinho took to Instagram to complain about the lack of information at that point.

The Portuguese posted a video – filmed at 2.02pm, as indicated on a clock on a TV screen – from the lounge where his staff were waiting for news.

He wrote: “We still don’t know if we play. Best league in the world.”

Wednesday’s fixture is the second this week to have been postponed due to coronavirus. An outbreak in Manchester City’s ranks saw their clash with Everton on Tuesday held back for a later date.

Indeed, the Premier League recorded 18 new cases in its latest round of testing, the highest number ever recorded since screening began in Spring.

 

 

As such, talk of a circuit breaker in the English top flight – to allow infection rates to drop – has surfaced.

The Telegraph reported on Tuesday that clubs had discussed temporarily halting the action. However, Sky Sports News claims that such discussions have not taken place.

In any case, Premier League managers have offered their perspectives on the proposal.

Allardyce calls for circuit breaker

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West Brom boss Sam Allardyce is among those to have called for a short-term suspension.

He said: “When I listen to the news the variant virus transmits quicker than the original virus, we can only do the right thing which is have a circuit break.

“I am 66 years old and the last thing I want to do it catch Covid. I’m very concerned for myself and football in general. If that’s what needs to be done we need to do it.

“We had one positive this week and it seems to be creeping around no matter how hard we try.”

But Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has disagreed with his colleague. The Norwegian has questioned when games which would be postponed could be rescheduled for, given the already congested nature of the season.

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