Here’s our fantasy premier league fixtures GW29 article where the Premier League and Manchester City have released a club statement saying the GW29 fixture at home to Arsenal has been postponed
fantasy premier league GW29 fixtures – Manchester City v Arsenal postponed
Man City statement
Manchester City have released a club statement as follows:
Manchester City’s Premier League fixture at home to Arsenal has been postponed.
The decision to postpone tonight’s game has been taken as a precautionary measure on medical advice, after it emerged that personnel from Arsenal FC have come into contact with the Olympiacos owner, Evangelos Marinakis, who has been named as a positive case of COVID-19.
Manchester City FC wishes Mr Marinakis a speedy recovery, and further information will follow in the coming days about rescheduled dates, but supporters are advised not to travel to Etihad Stadium for this fixture.
Arsenal confirmed that an unspecified number of unnamed players met Marinakis after their Europa League tie on the 27 February and that those players are now in self-isolation.
A few bits from the Premier League and Arsenal’s Statement
“Following medical advice, Arsenal FC and Manchester City FC consider it is necessary to postpone their fixture due to be played this evening to give time to fully assess the situation. The Premier League has therefore agreed that tonight’s game will be rearranged.”
“We identified that a number of players met the Olympiakos owner immediately following the game…The medical advice we have received puts the risk of them developing Covid-19 at extremely low. However, we are strictly following the government guidelines which recommend that anyone coming into close contact with someone with the virus should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the last time they had contact.
“As a result, the players are unavailable for tonight’s match against Manchester City and the Premier League has decided the game should be postponed. The players will remain at their homes until the 14-day period expires”.
The wider picture
Chelsea’s UCL match v Bayern in Germany will be played behind closed doors as will Wolves and Man Utd in the Europa League where both ties are away. Wolves actually play Olympiakos and wanted the fixture postponed.
Interestingly it looks like Liverpools home game with Atletico Madrid will go ahead as planned with a packed stadium.
The French and Spanish Leagues are playing games behind closed doors and Serie A is suspended although apparently they are looking at ways to finish the season as well.
GW30, by all accounts, will go ahead as planned although Arsenal play Brighton away so I’m not sure what a few days difference makes
Some practical implications
Obviously in the context of such a serious situation FPL has to be seen in context and it’s difficult to state much here about the practicalities without looking like the seriousness of the current situation is being glossed over. In short and simple terms, obviously the last game of GW29 being postponed with affect FPL managers scores and potential scores significantly. As I said it seems that GW30 will go ahead.
What happens with FPL from here on will be dictated to by the rest of the Premier League season.