Leicester coronavirus spike putting Premier League chiefs in sweat over season – Latest News

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The Premier League returned earlier this month after a three-month postponement due to coronavirus.

Cases of Covid-19 are three times higher in Leicester than anywhere in the UK with the Foxes set to play Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on Saturday.

Leicester has become the first city in the UK to be put under a local lockdown and Premier League chiefs are growing concerned with the Foxes in action at Everton on Wednesday

Leicester are set to play Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on Saturday

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters insists there are plans in place should Leicester be unable to host matches

Though Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has admitted that Leicester’s game with Palace could be moved or postponed if necessary.

Premier League chiefs are growing concerned after Leicester became the first city in the UK to be put under a local lockdown.

Matches are being played behind closed doors with plenty of regulations in place to ensure games can go ahead.

But Leicester may not be able to host matches with Southampton’s St Mary’s understood to be the preferred alternate venue to host games.

Under Premier League rules, all grounds have a designated ‘red zone’ for Covid-free players and staff, who are tested twice a week.

Premier League chiefs are anxious to complete the season and are trying to prevent positive tests from decimating the sport.

Masters admitted: “It demonstrates the fragile project we have on here. We cannot take it for granted.

Though Leicester are confident they will be able to train and continue playing, with a club statement reading: “The club has today consulted with local authorities, its Safety Advisory Group and the Premier League, following Monday night’s Government announcement relative to coronavirus measures in Leicester.

“If what is happening in Leicester does affect the club’s ability to host home games, either this Saturday against Crystal Palace or subsequent matches, then we have contingency plans to put those matches elsewhere or postpone them until a date when it is safe to do so.”

“All parties remain entirely satisfied that, through the continued implementation of our COVID-19 operations plan, the Club’s football operations can continue to safely function under existing protocols and, in doing so, there will be no greater risk posed to Club personnel, visiting teams or our surrounding communities.

“Consequently, first team training will continue at Belvoir Drive and our forthcoming Premier League fixtures remain unaffected.

“The Foxes Fanstore at King Power Stadium has closed, in line with local requirements for non-essential retail. Personnel working on-site remains limited to staff performing essential business functions that cannot be completed from home.

“Through the implementation of a robust and comprehensive COVID-19 operations plan, the club is fully committed to playing its part in controlling the spread of the virus in our communities, while safely ensuring we can continue to operate and represent those communities on the pitch.

“The club remains agile to the evolving nature of the situation and suitable continuity arrangements are in place in the event we are required to deviate from our existing protocols.

Leicester are set to play Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium on Saturday

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters insists there are plans in place should Leicester be unable to host matches

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