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Man City covid claims leave Hammers disadvantaged

West Ham may feel cause for some anger following the postponement of the game between Everton and Manchester City!

There were  doubts about City’s claim the club was unable to fulfil its fixture with Everton because a number of players tested positive.

Everton have released a statement asking for transparency and West Ham could feel aggrieved that Everton have had four extra days rest as a result of the postponement.

City has one of the largest Premier League squads with much quality and it’s odd therefore they felt unable to fulfil a fixture.

The situation became even stranger given the players had resumed training and were set to play their game against Chelsea on Sunday -just six days after the announcement thereby excluding anyone who tested positive.

Gabriel Jesus and Kyle Walker, plus two members of staff, tested positive on Christmas Eve, ruling them out of City’s Boxing Day clash vs Newcastle.

Now, the club have confirmed a number of’ positive tests have been returned in the most recent round of testing without giving an exact number.

It has been alleged by some that Manchester City are playing the system and they were waiting for some players to return from knocks. The Premier League then fell duty-bound to grant Fulham’s request for a postponement.

The Premier League’s determination to get the congested 2020-21 campaign completed on time is such that clubs have been told requests for postponements will be rejected unless they have fewer than 14 players available, and that they will be obliged to utilise their Under 21 squads to ensure matches can be played.


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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

4 comments on “Man City covid claims leave Hammers disadvantaged

  1. Playing the system! Let’s call it what it is cheating!

  2. It was the Premier League that called the game off. City could have fulfilled the fixture of course, but that would have risked the spread of Covid. I hardly think it advantages them, as they will have a fixture pile up later in the season.

  3. The main trouble with social media is that it eventually turns everyone into a smart alec and some clubs, particularly Everton, appear to have suffered a perspective failure.

    If there was an element of frustration the match was postponed at relatively late notice, that is understandable. Just about.

    But fifteen minutes after the cancellation, the Health Secretary put over three-quarters of the entire population in lockdown as a news ticker tape told us of the 981 people who had died with Covid-19 over the previous 24 hours.

    Tens of thousands of businesses were told they had to shut up shop in less than nine hours time, possibly facing ruin forever.

    And some Hammers fans are apparently unhappy a football match had been called off that might impact them.

    As the new Covid variant rages, clubs and coaches are just going to have to expect this sort of occurrence.

    Hospitals are full to bursting and we are demanding to know exactly why Everton-City had to be cancelled at late notice and played another day? Really?

  4. Yes really. Pepe guardiloa complaining about the overload of fixtures and then conveniently the games gets cancelled. Cheating without a doubt and then Tottenham do the same thing.

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