Clubs in the Premier League and in the English Football League (EFL) have opted to fulfil their festive fixtures, amidst rising Coronavirus cases in the country.
All twenty Premier League clubs had met on Monday to discuss the festive fixture schedule, following the postponement of six domestic matches last weekend. In the end, no vote took place which means that there will be two rounds of fixtures across five days – beginning from 26th December, while the EFL revealed they will continue to play matches “where it is safe to do so”.
Prior to Monday’s meeting, it was widely expected that the postponement of one round of games over Christmas was likely – with Matchday 20 which starts on December 28th being postponed, in order to ease the pressure on Premier League squads.
Instead, clubs have been advised that if they have 13 fit players plus a goalkeeper, they should fulfil their games. Also, FA Cup replays in Rounds Three and Four have been SCRAPPED and talks are ongoing on whether to reduce EFL Cup semi-final ties to one-leg matches.
As for the lower-tier of English football widely known as the EFL, the body says it anticipates further postponements, but sees “optimism that disruption can be minimised.”