West Ham’s Moyes Says Game Postponement Rules Unclear | Football news
LONDON: West Ham United manager David Moyes has said rules for postponing Premier League games are not being followed after 16 games were called off this month due to injuries and COVID-related issues 19.
The Premier League only grants a deferral if a club has fewer than 14 players – 13 outfielders and a goalkeeper – available, with the board considering requests on a case-by-case basis.
West Ham postponed their home game against Norwich City on December 18 due to injuries, COVID-19 cases and illnesses reported among players and staff at the visiting camp.
“We have five or six injuries, so I feel like going from there. I don’t think injuries should play a role, but if you don’t have enough to field a team, is it fair? Moyes said Thursday.
“There are a lot of things that I don’t agree with, but it’s very difficult to work with. I have no idea at this time what constitutes a canceled game or not. These rules were not absolutely respected, ”he told reporters.
Despite the postponement of several matches due to an increase in COVID-19 cases, Premier League clubs have agreed to continue playing the nL1N2T51GI matches scheduled during the holiday season.
West Ham have lost two of their last three games in all competitions in six days, including a League Cup quarterfinal loss to Tottenham Hotspur. They are due to travel to Crystal Palace for Saturday’s league game.
“I am not speaking for anyone other than myself. I have worked and lived here. I also worked in Spain, ”Moyes said. “Here we play games at Christmas, there has been an additional game this year. We had made a quarter-final a few days before.
“I understand that successful teams have a level of complaint, but I come from a country where we play games. I am a little more hardened than some.
West Ham are fifth with 31 points after 19 matches, four points out of the top four. Palace is 11th with 23 points.
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