Brentford manager Thomas Frank wants Tuesday’s Premier League game against Manchester United to go ahead although he desires more clarity on the rules governing COVID-19 postponements.
The Red Devils have reported a small number of positive lateral flow tests in their squad as the players and staff involved were sent home before training on Sunday.
‘We are planning to play the game,’ Frank said. ‘That’s what we are focusing on. We can’t control anything else.
‘I think it needs to be a significant amount of Covid cases before the game can be canceled but to be fair I’m a little bit in doubt when it is enough.’
It can be recalled that Tottenham Hotspur had games against Rennes in the Europa League last Thursday and against Brighton in the Premier League last weekend postponed. This was due to the fact the eight Spurs players and five staff members returned positive tests and this resulted in the closure of their training ground.
Another club that have suffered from recent coronavirus outbreaks over the weekend are Aston Villa. Several cases have been reported and there are fears that there is more to come over the winter.
‘It’s a very tricky situation,’ Frank said. ‘I think it’s very important the Premier League and all of us are following normal society rules and restrictions. That’s very important.
‘And then if we can make it very clear what the rules are to cancel a game that would be good. But I think all that is just speculation and taking the focus away from what we all want and that is what’s happening on the pitch.’