After a fairly quiet few months with very little COVID-19 cases, the new Omicron variant hits the footballing world...
Multiple games over the last week, and this weekend, have been postponed due to the rising cases of Coronavirus between the Premier League squads. As for Aston Villa, our game against Burnley has been called off, after multiple positive tests across the Villa camp. Two players who have been said to have the virus, being captain Tyrone Mings, and Douglas Luiz. Morgan Sanson, Kienan Davis, Jed Steer and Anwar El-Ghazi also said to be out.
It wasn't until early this morning (18/12/21) that Villa confirmed the two cases was two first-team players. This forced the Premier League bored to call off the game. This isn't the only game postponed this weekend, Of the ten games set to be played over the two days, only 4 of them, are going ahead... The cancellation of these games, leaves fans clueless on what is going to happen to the Boxing Day fixtures, with some of them games set to be called off due to players needing to isolate for 10 days. Villa are set to play Chelsea on Boxing Day, but due to the disappointing Positive cases, this game is not looking likely to go ahead.
Fans of all clubs across the country, have been extremely disappointed with the lack of communication from the club to the fans. The timing of announcing the postponements has been awful, fans have been on route to games, and the club not long after announce the game is called off! This is something the Premier League should look at.
Some fans and journalists, have been suggesting a BREAK from the Premier League. Ideas of a two week Circuit-Breaker over the Christmas period, until the cases decline and it is safe to return to training following guidelines.
Stats show that only 68% of Premier League footballers are double vaccinated.
Leagues within the grassroots pyramid of football, have been suspended for the time being, 'non-elite' football doesn't get to continue. A smart decision from the FA, to be able to ensure everyone's safety over a busy Christmas period.
Let us know where you stand on the whole COVID-19 situation.
(Not a positive thing to write about before Christmas).
We wish you a VERY Happy Christmas, and a Happy New Year.
Written by Kian Davies.