Premier League

Will the Premier League be cancelled again due to Coronavirus?

Mudeet Arora
Premier League games are being affected due to COVID-19
Premier League games are being affected due to COVID-19 / Visionhaus/GettyImages

Premier League clubs are reportedly said to be fearful that the league could indeed be postponed as the UK faces "another shutdown" due to the rising cases of COVID-19's Omicron variant.

Manchester United became the latest club to be struck by the virus after Norwich City, Arsenal, Leicester City and Aston Villa who are said to be the clubs affected by the variant.

United's Tuesday night clash against Brentford has already been postponed following a COVID-19 outbreak at Carrington.

Brighton's clash against Tottenham was cancelled in the same way.

The Premier League announced on Monday that 42 league players and staff had returned positive tests for the virus, which is a record high for a single week.

According to The Daily Mail, Premier League clubs’ fears have been ‘exacerbated’ by the ‘slow pace’ of their vaccination programmes.

The report adds that Wolves are the only club from England’s top-flight domestic league to have met Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s target of boosting all over-18s.

The publication added that a ‘large number’ of second doses were not administered to players until October.

Premier League's postponement brings with it a new set of problems with regards to broadcasters and fixture congestion in the second half ot eh season.

This leads to broadcasters coming up with a new set of demands in order to maximise their profits.

Moreover, with the FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar next year in November, a push back of the league will only affect players in the long run.

It is highly unlikely that the Premier League will be cancelled as a whole, but there will definitely be stricter norms and re-adjusted schedules to acommodate the days lost.