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“An absolute disgrace”- Some fans furious as PL accepts Arsenal’s plea to postpone Tottenham derby

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Spurs fans react as the Premier League postpone Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal derby

According to Spurs’ official Twitter account, the Premier League has decided to postpone the North London derby between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal, which was due to be played tomorrow. The PL Board took this decision following a request from the Gunners to reschedule the match.

The Gunners were unable to register 13 outfield players and one goalkeeper for the match, which has prompted the league to take this stance. Their current situation is the result of several reasons such as Covid-19, injury issues and players leaving on international duty.

The Board has mentioned that as long as Covid-19 is one of the factors leading to such circumstances, all the clubs can apply for future postponement in similar cases. This fixture would be the latest in the long list of rescheduled games that Antonio Conte and his side will have to play in the future.

Premier League has postponed Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal. (imago Images)
Premier League has postponed Tottenham Hotspur vs Arsenal. (imago Images)

Puzzling decision!

This decision would have made sense if the virus had wreaked havoc in their squad leading to their current plight. But that is simply not the case as there are other factors involved, which the teams know they can encounter going into a season.

Players leaving on international duty or injuries is understandable, but this also includes the unavailability of Granit Xhaka, who had received a red card against Liverpool in the previous fixture, rendering the Swiss international unavailable for selection against the Lilywhites.

That is supposed to be a punishment, but it has favoured them this time around. Ainsley Maitland-Niles, for example, was loaned out recently, which played a part in leading to the current situation. One could argue how that is a self-inflicted wound for which Conte’s team should not be the one to suffer.

Here is how some of the Spurs supporters reacted to the news regarding the postponement- something which has come as a shock considering there have been times where teams have had to play games with more than 1 player out do to Covid-19.

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