Premier League plans to carry on behind closed doors as Liverpool enters tier 3

Fans had been permitted to attend matches at Anfield and Goodison Park while Merseyside was in tier 2 (Picture: Getty)

The Premier League and EFL have no plans to implement a two-week ‘circuit breaker’ despite a spike in coronavirus cases which forced the abandonment of a second top flight fixture in the space of three days.

Tottenham had been due to face Fulham this evening, but the match was postponed just over three hours prior to kick-off, much to the annoyance of Spurs manager Jose Mourinho.

Manchester City’s game against Everton, meanwhile, had been called off at equally short notice on Monday, just two days after it had been confirmed that both Kyle Walker and Gabriel Jesus had tested positive for Covid-19.

Following last night’s 5-0 defeat at the hands of Leeds United, West Brom manager Sam Allardyce had championed the idea of a two-week break, shortly after reports emerged that Premier League clubs had been discussing the idea.

‘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,’ he said.

‘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.’

According to the Independent, however, there are no plans to call a temporary halt to proceedings, with the Premier League said to be confident that the necessary protocols are in place to cope with the rise in positive cases.

Players and staff will continue to be tested on a twice-weekly basis, while the authorities are said to have always envisioned that postponements were inevitable.

All Premier League matches, however, will go ahead behind closed doors for the foreseeable future, following the government’s confirmation that Liverpool will enter tier three as of midnight tonight.

Map of England shows which areas are in tier one (Isles of Scilly) and tiers three and four. No area will be under tier two restrictions from tomorrow (Picture:

The champions of England had been in the fortunate position of being able to welcome 2,000 fans to Anfield for their last three fixtures on home soil, while Merseyside rivals Everton had also benefited from home support for the recent fixtures against the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.

Following the postponement of Fulham’s match at Tottenham, meanwhile, the Premier League confirmed that the game had been called off at the request of the away team.

A statement read: ‘Fulham lodged a request with the Premier League Board to rearrange the fixture following a significant rise in positive COVID-19 cases, as well as a number of players showing symptoms today.

‘The Premier League Board has consulted its medical advisors and the decision to postpone the game has been taken as a precaution and with the health of players and staff as the priority. The group will now be retested immediately.

‘With low numbers of positive tests across the overwhelming majority of clubs, the Premier League continues to have full confidence in its COVID-19 protocols and being able to continue to play our fixtures as scheduled.

‘The League wishes those with COVID-19 a safe and speedy recovery and will rearrange the postponed fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in due course.’

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