English Premier League: Jose Mourinho fuming clash with Fulham was called off hours before kick-off

  • 02/01/2021

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho says the Premier League's handling of the postponement of their match against Fulham due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the West London club was 'unprofessional' and could have been handled better.

Fulham were forced to lodge a request with the Premier League to rearrange Thursday's (NZ time) fixture due to several positive cases and the league called off the game less than three hours before kickoff.

Mourinho was not too pleased about being kept in the dark till the last minute and had posted a tongue-in-cheek comment on Instagram labelling the Premier League the "best league in the world" while they waited for a decision.

Meanwhile, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says five first-team players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will not be involved when they play Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday.

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola Photo credit: Reuters

A surge in infections at City among players and staff forced the club to lodge a request with the Premier League to postpone Tuesday's game at Everton. City also closed their training ground as a precaution.

The club said last week that striker Gabriel Jesus and defender Kyle Walker had tested positive but Guardiola refused to divulge the names of the other "three important players" who would not be available for Monday's clash.