Tottenham were due to travel to Leicester City in the Premier League tonight (Thursday, 7.30pm) but the game has now been called off as a result of the wave of coronavirus cases
Leicester City vs Tottenham Hotspur is the latest Premier League fixture to be postponed, the fourth in a week.
Mirror Football understands the match at the King Power will not go ahead on Thursday night after a U-turn from top flight chiefs following talks on Thursday morning. Spurs were told of the postponement shortly before midday.
Interestingly, before Thursday’s official announcement, both sides had previously failed in their appeals to the Premier League to have the match cancelled.
Brendan Rodgers revealed on Wednesday that the Foxes had sought a postponement as they expected to be without 11 players due to Covid and illness-related issues; that number has since rised, with two fresh Covid cases reported.
Asked whether he wanted the game called off, he said on Wednesday: “We’ve looked at that. Unfortunately for us, we weren’t granted any dispensation, which was disappointing.
“We are a team and a club who have always wanted to support all measures and everything else but maybe when you need that bit of support with the extreme situation that we were in, we were not able to get that which was disappointing,” he stated.
“We were touch and go for the Newcastle game. We’ve picked up a couple of injuries as well, that are COVID related because we can’t rotate the team. We’ll put out the best team we can.”
Rodgers would also blast Premier League bosses, accusing them of bowing to pressure from broadcasters after rejecting numerous calls to postpone matches.
Asked whether the Premier League’s lucrative TV contracts had influenced their stance, Rodgers said: “I’m pretty sure that’s the case, yes.
“In terms of players, managers and coaches, we all want to play the games. But ultimately the health of a player is the priority. If you have players available, you get a better product.”
Rodgers also indicated he believes the Premier League’s more powerful clubs are being treated differently.
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Spurs had also attempted to have the match moved to a later date.
Antonio Conte revealed that the Premier League had rejected their appeal, as they sought to re-arranged their Europa League fixture with Rennes.
On Spurs’ Covid situation, Conte added: “The situation has not changed so much. Players are back in training and other players are continuing to be selected. Those players who are back in training they need time to find the right physical condition.
“The Covid is not only 10 days and many times he brings with this virus a situation that you make your body not so strong. For this reason you have players injured after Covid.”
There will be more to follow on this breaking news story.