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Premier League decides against suspending Christmas schedule amid COVID outbreaks – reports

Premier League clubs have decided against suspending their Christmas schedule, it has been reported.

It follows a shareholder meeting to discuss COVID outbreaks at several clubs.

It was called to discuss postponing a full round of fixtures, but the idea was rejected, according to Sky Sports News.

Six top flight games were postponed over the weekend.

Brentford manager Thomas Frank called for all Premier League fixtures on Saturday and Sunday to be called off, saying infections were “going through the roof” with 13 cases at his west London club.

But the league resisted his suggestion, saying it wanted to continue with the schedule “where safely possible”.

Tottenham have been one of the hardest-hit clubs, with Sunday’s fixture at home to Liverpool their first game in a fortnight.

The FA is considering scrapping third and fourth-round FA Cup replays this season to help reduce fixture congestion.

The latest vaccine data for November found one in four English Football League (EFL) players does not intend to get the jab.

The data showed 75% of players across the EFL are either fully vaccinated, have had a single jab, or intend to be vaccinated.

Some 59% of EFL players are double vaccinated, while 16% are set to have the jab.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged footballers to get immunised and suggested the club will not consider signing unvaccinated players.

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