Tottenham v Fulham postponed hours before kick-off after Covid outbreak

Tottenham’s match against Fulham has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the west London side.

Fulham contacted the Premier League to request the postponement after a “significant rise” in the number of positive tests in their squad.

The news was eventually confirmed by the Premier League less than three hours before the scheduled kick off after the Tottenham manager, José Mourinho, had expressed his frustration in a video posted on Instagram just after 2pm. “Match at 6pm … We still don’t know if we play. Best league in the world,” he wrote.

“The match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham, due to be played at 18:00 GMT this evening, has been postponed following a Premier League Board meeting this afternoon,” read the Premier League statement.

“Fulham lodged a request with the Premier League Board to rearrange the fixture following a significant rise in positive Covid-19 cases, as well as a number of players showing symptoms today. The Premier League Board has consulted its medical advisors and the decision to postpone the game has been taken as a precaution and with the health of players and staff as the priority. The group will now be retested immediately.”

It is the third Premier League match to be postponed due to coronavirus after Everton’s game against Manchester City was called off on Monday less than four hours before 2,000 supporters were due to attend at Goodison Park.

“With low numbers of positive tests across the overwhelming majority of clubs, the Premier League continues to have full confidence in its Covid-19 protocols and being able to continue to play our fixtures as scheduled,” added the Premier League statement.

“The League wishes those with Covid-19 a safe and speedy recovery and will rearrange the postponed fixture between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham in due course.”

Fulham’s head coach Scott Parker missed the club’s last match at home to Southampton after a member of his household tested positive. Parker went into self-isolation for 10 days having tested negative and returned to training on Monday.

“The club can confirm that this evening’s away fixture at Tottenham Hotspur has been postponed,” Fulham said in a statement. “This follows a number of the club’s players and first team staff returning positive results from the most recent Covid-19 tests this week.”