As many people know, Covid-19 is back, in its fourth wave in England, as the Omicron variant becomes more and more prevalent. This has caused many problems, however, one that will affect the masses is the lack of football. This is normalizing, as thousands of matches have not been played in England alone. This problem is rampant everywhere, from grassroots to professional football.
A lot of people have theorized about when the games will continue in their best prospects. Right now, 3 Boxing Day games have been called off, Premier League managers have held winter break meetings and all clubs are facing unforeseen changes to their fixtures. However, there is a big reason why a circuit breaker has not already been implemented.
Some clubs, like Chelsea, Norwich City and Aston Villa, are in the thick of it right now. Steven Gerrard (Director of Aston Villa) said: “I don’t really know because it changes every hour, it changes every day. As you know, it is very unpredictable. We test daily, lateral flow and PCR [tests]. It has changed in the last hour. I don’t really know what position we’re gonna be in [for] the [Boxing Day] Game.”
Dean Smith echoed a similar post, saying “We are not sure [how many will miss Boxing Day] because we must have a PCR [test] within 48 hours of playing the game and this is our last point to really find out who is going to be missing and who is going to be available. we are going to train [on Christmas Eve] and train again [on Christmas Day] morning and take a look at the numbers we have.
However, some teams like Arsenal, Spurs, and the wolves, have passed the worst. The Gunners haven’t had a massive Covid outbreak in months, with their last occurring at the start of the season in August. Spurs manager Antonio Conte has confirmed their situation has improved since the start of the month, saying: “Now the situation is good for us, now we are out of this situation.”
But what about the fans? Well, aside from the rumors surrounding a Scottish-type cap on the number of fans allowed in the stadium, fans currently have to take a few extra steps in order to watch their favorite teams. Some of these steps are: having been vaccinated twice / showing proof of a negative test; wear a face cover; complete your club’s Covid-19 self-declaration and show your Covid pass. So, it’s been tough for fans and gamers so far this year, and things seem to be getting worse.