Nev and Carra blast Prem postponements
Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher claim Premier League clubs are wrongly calling for games to be called off – as Arsenal ask for Sunday’s clash at Spurs to be postponed.
Manchester United legend Nev and ex-Liverpool defender Carra believe only Covid or ‘extraordinary circumstances’ should be excepted.
Neville told Sky Sports: “I honestly believe that all teams, not just actually in the Premier League but in the EFL, now must be made to play their fixtures.
“Balogun’s gone on-loan, Maitland-Niles has gone on loan, Xhaka got a red card, that’s not the fault of anybody else. We can’t be calling fixtures off.
“If it was down to Covid and extraordinary circumstances where there were 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 whether they think they’ve got the best team to win a game.”
And Nev’s former England teram-mate Carragher agreed: I don’t want this to be about Arsenal, I think Gary’s right, this is about the Premier League as a whole. Every club has done this.
“No other league in Europe is doing this, certainly in those big leagues. Bayern Munich played a 16-year-old in the last game and that tells you exactly where they are. Why can’t we do that? We can’t our young players be given an opportunity in these circumstances?
“Everyone is in the same boat… If it’s an outbreak of Covid and decimated the squad, I can understand but players being in the AFCON tournament, just normal injuries, that’s got nothing to do with it.
You’ve got U23 squads, you’ve got younger players as well. This is an opportunity where they may get the chance.”