Jose Mourinho has challenged the Premier League to “show leadership” and not punish Tottenham with further postponements over coronavirus concerns.
Wednesday’s Premier League trip to Villa Park is in doubt after an outbreak of coronavirus in the Aston Villa first-team squad – and with 10 first-team players ruled out for the home side – it seems likely the game will be called off.
Spurs have already had one Premier League game postponed, against Fulham after a significant rise in Covid-19 cases among Scott Parker’s squad, and the reverse fixture with the Cottagers in April will also be moved after Spurs reached the Carabao Cup final.
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“We cannot be put in an impossible situation,” Mourinho said on Friday. “To have three matches postponed would be impossible.
“It’s the moment for the Premier League to show leadership, to make decisions. A club like us is trying everything every day to be ready to play, to follow the rules we have in our hands.
“We cannot be punished. If we don’t play against Aston Villa, that will be three matches postponed, and that will be impossible.
“After the season we have the Euros, and of course the Euros are not going to be moved. I believe it is an impossible situation for a club to have three matches postponed, especially if that club plays in Europe.
“For a Europa League team to have three matches postponed is completely impossible, that is the only thing I can say.”
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