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Men’s football Premier League could bring in new Covid postponement rules next month

NEW rules on Covid-19 postponements in the Premier League could be in place for the first round of games in February, it was reported today.

Clubs are expected to meet next week, when the league is effectively on its winter break, to discuss changes to the criteria for calling a game off.

The league has begun consulting clubs over this issue and the new regulations could apply when the English top flight resumes on February 8.

The league is looking at the issue against the backdrop of falling case numbers within the competition and in the country more widely.

There is nothing within the Premier League’s rules to prevent such a change happening mid-season, but any amendments would require the usual 14-club majority.

A Premier League spokesperson said: “The Premier League is consulting with our clubs regarding Covid-19 postponement rules and guidance in light of the changing national picture and the falling number of cases within our squads.

“The league’s current guidance was amended in December following the emergence of the new omicron variant and we continue to monitor the ongoing effects of the virus and will update our guidance accordingly.”

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