It is safe to say that Tottenham is not too happy with the Premier League over the decision to accept Arsenal’s request to postpone the North London derby on Sunday.
It seems that Arsenal meets the criteria for getting a game called off after four players apparently got injured against Liverpool in midweek(two of which finished the game) Four players at the African Nations (only one first-team regular) One Covid case, One Suspension and a number of injuries.
To say that most within the game are disappointed with the Premier League’s decision is a mild understatement, in fact, most are royally peed off, well, not Arsenal and their fans of course. Wonder why that is.
Tottenham have released a statement in reaction to the decision and it would not be wrong to say they are not at all happy with the situation.
Here is the statement in full courtesy of the Tottenham website
We regret to announce that Sunday’s north London derby against Arsenal has been postponed.
This follows an application from Arsenal to the Premier League on the basis of a combination of COVID, existing and recent injuries and players on international duty 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 we needed to reschedule a fixture and our application to move our Leicester fixture was not approved – only for it to be subsequently postponed when Leicester applied.
The original intention of the guidance – here – was to deal with player availability directly affected by COVID cases, resulting in depleted squads that, when taken together with injuries, would result in the club being unable to field a team.
We do not believe it was the intent to deal with player availability unrelated to COVID.
We may now be seeing the unintended consequences of this rule.
It is important to have clarity and consistency on the application of the rule.
Yet again, fans have seen their plans disrupted at unacceptably short notice.
We shall 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 travelled great distances.