Tottenham vs Arsenal: North London derby postponed after Gunners' request, leaving Spurs 'extremely surprised'

Spurs were extremely surprised at the decision to delay the derby and were looking for clarification on the rules.

The match was called off by the league after the club claimed that many of their players were unavailable because of Covid, injuries and players away with their countries at the Africa Cup of Nations.

"We are surprised that this application has been approved," said Spurs in a statement.

We were disqualified from the European Conference League because of a lot of COVID cases, and we had to change our fixture because of it, but we were not approved by the league for it to be moved.

The original intention of the guidance was to deal with player availability directly affected by COVID cases, which would result in a club being unable to field a team.

We don't think it was intended to deal with player availability unrelated to COVID. We may be seeing the consequences of this rule. Consistency and clarity are important when applying the rule.

Gary Neville, a pundit for Sky Sports, reacted to the decision by saying "game off". The postponements due to the Pandemic became about clubs not having their best team.

The premier league needs to stop this now and say all games go ahead unless there is an exceptional amount of cases. It's not right.

The club's away fixture against Spurs was postponed by the board of the league after a request from the club.

The board accepted the club's application because they had fewer than the required number of players available for the match.

All clubs are able to apply for a postponement if they have a reason for requesting it.
The statement from the premier league.

The decision was made due to a combination of injuries and players on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The number of cases taken into account was not specified by the league, but it was confirmed that all clubs are able to apply for a postponement if COVID-19 infections are a factor in their request.

On Friday, Mikel Arteta said that the intent is always to play.

The game is over. The postponements due to the Pandemic became about clubs not having their best team. All games should go ahead unless you have an exceptional amount of CV cases, that's what the premier league needs to stop this now. It is wrong.
Gary Neville is on January 15, 2022.

Emile Smith Rowe and Takehiro Tomiyasu were both ruled out of the first-leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final due to injury.

It would have been a problem for the Spurs game if Granit Xhaka had been sent off in the first half.

Thomas Partey, Mohamed Elneny, Nicolas Pepe, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are all away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

It is the third time this season that a Spurs fixture has been called off due to Covid, while the second match of the season has been called off as well.

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When asked about his future at the club, Spurs boss Antonio Conte said he liked to live in the present and gave no guarantees.

Clubs taking advantage should be forced by the PL.

Jamie Carragher believes clubs are taking advantage of the coronaviruses, while Gary Neville thinks the league must force teams to fulfill their fixtures.

Speaking on Friday Night Football, he said that all teams must play their games.

Tuchel leads the call for clarity.

Granit Xhaka has got a red card, that's not the fault of anyone else. We can't call the games off.

"If it was solely down to Covid in extraordinary circumstances where there was 10 or 15 players out, but we're now talking about teams for the last few weeks where there's no doubt they've been calling games off based upon whether they think they've got the best It has to stop.

It should be rejected for me.

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Gary and Jamie have their say on whether or not the Africa Cup of Nations should be allowed to affect the scheduling of games.

"No other league in Europe is doing this," said Carragher. In their last game, they played a 16-year-old and that tells you where they are. Why can't we do that? The young players can't be given an opportunity.

This is an opportunity for the younger players to get a chance.

There's a lot riding on the games in the premier league but at the moment, there's no doubt that teams up and down the country are taking advantage of the situation.

Which games have been called off?

The game is on Sunday December 12.

The game is on Tuesday, December 14 at 8pm.

Wednesday December 15th is the date of the Burnley vsWatford game.

The game is on Thursday, December 16 at 7:30pm.

The Man Utd vs BRIGHTON game will be on December 18.

The game was re-arranged for Tuesday January 11.

Crystal Palace vs.Watford.

West Ham won the re-arranged game 2-0 on January 12.

Saturday December 18 is the date of the game between the two teams.

Sunday December 19 and Tuesday January 11 are the days when the game is played.

The game is on Sunday December 26.

The Wolves and Hornets are playing on Sunday December 26.

Sunday December 26 is the date of the game between the two teams.

The game is on Tuesday December 28.

The Wolves and theArsenal are playing on Tuesday December 28.

The game is on Thursday December 30.

Saturday January 1 is the date of the game betweenLeicester andNorwich.

The game is on Sunday January 2.

The game was originally scheduled for Sunday December 19th, but it was postponed to Tuesday January 11th.

The game is on Saturday January 15.

Sunday January 16 is the date of the Spurs vs.

What are the rules for postponements?

Covid protocols were included in the Premier League handbook and the board will only allow the rearrangement or postponement of a league match in exceptional circumstances.

The board make calls on a case-by-case basis, and by way of guidance from the league, permission for a postponement will not be granted if a club has more than 14 players available.

A new guide explaining match postponement protocols was published after a number of games were postponed.

There are factors considered when deciding to delay a game.

The impact of COVID-19 infections on a club's squad, as well as injuries, illness and those isolating, and the number of players available on the squad list and any Under-21 players with appropriate experience are some of the things that are listed. The match will be postponed if a club can't field 13 outfield players or a goalkeeper from its squad list.

The number of individuals affected, the sequence and source of infections, and their proximity to the match in question are some of the things that can be found in the status of any COVID-19 outbreak within a club.

A club's ability to prepare its players for a match.

There is a question of whether the health and safety of players and staff is at risk if they play the match.

The UK Health Security Agency can give advice.

Any other exceptional circumstances.