Tottenham have released a powerful statement revealing their distrust that Arsenal’s request to postpone Sunday’s north London derby was accepted by the Premier League.
The Gunners have fewer than the available 13 outfielders required to complete a match, although only one member of the squad has returned a positive Covid-19 test.
Spurs are understandably annoyed that the match has been canceled for reasons other than a Covid outburst, especially since they had to lose their place in the Europa Conference League due to one.
“We are sorry to announce that Sunday’s North London derby against Arsenal has been postponed,” the statement said.
“This follows an application from Arsenal to the Premier League on the basis of a combination of covid, existing and new injuries and players on international service at the Africa Cup of Nations.
“We are extremely surprised that this application has been approved.
“We ourselves were disqualified from the European Conference League after a significant number of covid cases meant that we had to rebook a match and our application to move our Leicester match was not approved – only because the latter would be postponed when Leicester applied.
“The original intention of the guide was to deal with player availability that is directly affected by covid cases, which resulted in depleted troops that, along with injuries, would result in the club not being able to field a team.
“We do not think it was the intention to address player availability that is not related to covid.
“We may now see the unintended consequences of this rule. It is important to have clarity and consistency in the application of the rule.
“Once again, fans have seen their plans disrupted at unacceptable short notice. We will once again send food deliveries to the local food banks to avoid unacceptable waste.
“We are sincerely sorry for our fans – some of whom will have traveled long distances.”
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