Sam Allardyce calls for football lockdown to be considered AGAIN
Sam Allardyce calls for football lockdown to be considered AGAIN as West Bromwich Albion boss concedes ‘I don’t know how long we can carry on’ amid record-high number of positive cases in the Premier League
- Sam Allardyce has again called for a football lockdown to be considered
- The Premier League has seen a record high number of cases in the latest testing
- The West Brom boss said players are not allowed to sit down with the new rules
- The Baggies are winless in five games since Allardyce took over in December
Sam Allardyce has once again called for a football lockdown to be considered as the West Bromwich Albion boss conceded: ‘I don’t know how long we can carry on’.
English football has seen a surge in coronavirus cases in recent weeks, with a number of top flight matches postponed as a result of outbreaks at clubs including Manchester City and Fulham.
This week, the Premier League recorded 40 new Covid-19 cases in the latest round of testing, more than double the cases recorded the previous week and a record high in the league.
Sam Allardyce has once again called for a football lockdown to be considered amid Covid-19
The top flight recorded the most positive cases yet, 40, in the latest round of testing results
Round 1: Aug 31-Sep 6 – 1,605 tested, with three testing positive.
Round 2: Sep 7-13 – 2,131 tested, with four testing positive.
Round 3: Sep 14-20- 1,574 tested, with three testing positive.
Round 4: Sep 21-27 – 1,595 tested, with 10 testing positive.
Round 5: Sep 28-Oct 4 – 1,587 tested, with nine testing positive.
Round 6: Oct 5-11 – 1,128 tested, with five testing positive.
Round 7: Oct 12-18 – 1,575 tested, with eight testing positive.
Round 8: Oct 19-25 – 1,609 tested, with two testing positive.
Round 9: Oct 26-Nov 1 – 1,446 tested, with four testing positive.
Round 10: Nov 2-8 – 1,646 tested, with four testing positive.
Round 11: Nov 9-15 – 1,207 tested, with 16 testing positive.
Round 12: Nov 16-22 – 1,530 tested, with eight testing positive.
Round 13: Nov 23-29 – 1,381 tested, with 10 testing positive.
Round 14: Nov 30-Dec 6 – 1,483 tested, with 14 testing positive.
Round 15: Dec 7-13 – 1,549 tested, with six testing positive.
Round 16: Dec 14-20 – 1,569 tested, with seven testing positive
Round 17: Dec 21-27 – 1,479 tested, with 18 testing positive
Round 18: Dec 28-Jan 3 – 2,295 tested, with 40 testing positive
The latest test results come amid an alarming rise in coronavirus cases in the UK, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposing a new to keep the mutant Covid strain at bay, which is known to spread more easily.
The Premier League has now moved to testing players twice per week and introduced stricter protocols in a bid to prevent the risk of the deadly disease spreading further.
Allardyce, 66, has previously advocated for a two-week ‘circuit breaker’ to allow football to get on top of the virus, and on Saturday the Albion boss said a break may be the best solution.
A number of games have been postponed due to outbreaks at several Premier League clubs
‘We’re out to entertain and if we’re to continue to do that then we’re fearful of someone catching a virus they’re not going to recover from?’ he said.
‘I don’t know how long we can carry on. The big help is the vaccinations happening as quickly as possible but we may need a lockdown if cases outside of football continue to rise.
‘There’s talk about extra restrictions that we are going to come under in the next few weeks.
Allardyce has been an advocate of a football lockdown to allow time to get on top of the virus
The Baggies are enduring a torrid run of form and are winless from Allardyce’s first five games
‘We’ve got to do things at the training ground in smaller groups, we’ve got to spread ourselves out further and meetings have to be done in smaller groups. We cannot let players sit down.’
The Baggies are enduring a torrid return to the Premier League this season. The newly-promoted outfit sit in 19th position, six points adrift of safety.
Allardyce is winless in his first five games in charge, culminating in this weekend’s embarrassing FA Cup exit to League One Blackpool.
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