The Premier League announced earlier today that Tottenham’s game against Arsenal would be postponed and rescheduled for a later date, with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust issuing an immediate response.
The THST were keen to highlight the impact of late schedule changes on Tottenham fans, as many have to leave hours or days earlier to get to the stadium.
So when the Premier League only announced postponements within 24 hours of kick-off, it leaves many fans stuck in limbo.
The THST also commented on the integrity of the Premier League if matches can be called off for the reasons given by Arsenal.
The Gunners were without players due to duty, suspension, loan moves and AFCON injuries, with only one player actually testing positive for COVID-19.
Tottenham also released their own official statement, saying they were surprised by the Premier League’s verdict and the reasons for the postponement.
The statement from the Supporters’ Trust read: “The postponement of the North London Derby to just over 24 hours before kick-off once again raises questions about football’s attitude towards the fans and the the integrity of the competition.
“We have always said that we appreciate the current difficult circumstances, but the fact remains that fans had already made arrangements to travel and some incurred substantial costs.” There are now significant ticketing issues that the Club and the fans need to address.
“While our mandate does not extend to matters on the pitch, we must express some surprise at the justification given by the Premier League for the decision taken.” The postponement of this game appears to be the result of team management and injury decisions rather than COVID-19.
“We will update with more information on ticketing and other practicalities as soon as possible.”
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This is a complete abuse of a rule that was introduced to help teams with COVID. Arsenal just wanted to play the NLD when they have some key first-team players back from injury and AFCON. Guess all you have to do is fake injuries to get a carry these days.
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