Tottenham boss Antonio Conte says Thursday’s meeting between managers and the Premier League to discuss concerns at some stage in the Covid-19 pandemic became as soon as esteem talking to a brick wall.
Three video games on 26 December possess now been postponed, taking the total to 13, while gamers and membership workforce returned a yarn 90 sure assessments final week.
Asked if the meeting became as soon as a break of time, Conte said: “I deem so.”
The Italian added: “The day before in the present day it became as soon as [like talking to] a wall and for this motive I additionally get to no longer lumber into it.”
The Premier League has declined to comment and BBC Sport has been knowledgeable Spurs boss Conte didn’t contribute to any discussions at some stage in the meeting.
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On Thursday, Liverpool v Leeds and Wolves v Watford had been postponed thanks to coronavirus, while the Boxing Day fixture between Burnley v Everton became as soon as called off on Friday.
Spurs, who’re seventh in the desk, had been hit onerous by the virus with two league video games postponed and their final Europa Convention League game forfeited after they had been unable to play.
“If I must peaceable be simply, it became as soon as a gathering that we tried to talk and some coaches tried to talk, to ask about solutions however I deem all the pieces became as soon as made up our minds,” added Conte.
“As a end result of must that you might simply possess a wall in front of you, you might well well talk and ask what you might well well like to possess however every decision became as soon as taken.”
At Monday’s meeting, clubs had been knowledgeable that in the occasion that they’ve 13 match gamers, plus a goalkeeper, they must peaceable fulfil their video games.
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Norwich boss Dean Smith added: “We went into a [Premier League managers’] meeting the day past the set the selections had already been made, so I deem we had already overlooked the boat in terms of decision making.
“They [the Premier League] made up our minds the season would proceed as became as soon as and now we possess got to fulfil fixtures now, so now we possess got to cope as easiest we are going to regain a intention to.”
Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira added: “Will possess to that you might simply possess a gathering esteem that with 20 managers it is miles difficult to construct your tips at some stage in.
“When the meeting finished you factual are trying to esteem what the finish end result of the meeting became as soon as and what the meeting became as soon as for. I peaceable didn’t model what the conclusion became as soon as of the meeting.”
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Amid the rise in conditions, Liverpool and England midfielder Jordan Henderson knowledgeable BBC Sport earlier this week he became as soon as “enthusiastic” that “no person in actuality takes participant welfare critically”.
Within the meantime, Manchester City supervisor Pep Guardiola raised the different of gamers occurring strike over their welfare.
He said he doesn’t deem this would perhaps well possibly simply happen, however that a strike frequently is the fitting potential to obtain the authorities to listen to.
Covid conditions as Norwich and Palace
Smith said on Friday it became as soon as “lunacy” his aspect are having to play two video games in 48 hours no topic extra Covid conditions in the squad.
The Canaries, who backside of the desk and three functions from security, host Arsenal on Sunday at 15: 00 GMT sooner than taking half in away at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, kick-off 15: 00.
Smith said Norwich, who possess no longer performed since 14 December thanks to the virus, had “unusual conditions”.
“We’re no longer sure what number of will lumber over Boxing Day,” he added.
“There has got to be a quiz in regards to the integrity of the opponents when teams are taking half in weakened teams in opposition to other teams and it is miles affecting league positions.”
Asked whether or no longer he would support a gamers’ strike, he added: “I don’t deem you might well well. We must practice the rules of the league that we’re in.”
Vieira, who said Palace possess a “about a conditions” of Covid on the membership, became as soon as in opposition to a strike.
“I do now not know in the occasion that they would be factual to plan it, the fitting part I will yell you is I am in inequity roughly strike,” said the Frenchman.
“What’s in overall crucial for the time being is the enlighten of gamers or managers needs to be heard a minute bit extra.”
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