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Scott Parker blasts 'scandalous' fixture rearrangement with Spurs

Neil Treacy
Neil Treacy

3:31 PM - 12 Jan 2021



Scott Parker says the Premier League's short-notice decision to reschedule their meeting with Spurs for tomorrow night is 'scandalous'.

The sides had been due to face each other on December 30th, before the game was postponed at the last minute, following a Covid-19 outbreak in the Fulham camp.

Spurs were due to take on Aston Villa tomorrow night in the Premier League, but after that game was also postponed for Covid-reasons, the league announced yesterday that Fulham would step into the breach.

Fulham boss Scott Parker says the club were only informed on Monday morning that they would be required to play within two days.

"I am angry because it is not right. It is wrong. That is why I am so angry," said Parker.

"The possibility of playing Spurs on Wednesday came on Saturday.

"We didn't think that was realistic and we were informed Monday morning at 9:30. To confirm that on Monday morning is scandalous. I accept we have to play the game, but it's the notice."

Parker also questioned whether Fulham's lack of status among the league's top brass may have affected the decision to play the game at such short notice.

"The people making these decisions don't understand players. We have had it tough. We thought they had six days' recovery time. It is madness really," he said.

"Getting a game called off two hours or 48 hours before is irrelevant. That is disappointing. To have a game agreed at 48 hours' notice, Jose will know you plan for one game or the other. Tottenham knew they had a fixture. He will have planned for that with his team selection.

"Would this have happened with two of the biggest teams in a title clash? Probably not. This is not acceptable," Parker added.

When asked if he could understand the frustrations of Fulham, Spurs manager seemed less than impressed with their complaints.

"Are you serious? I had the news I was not going to play them two hours before the game started," Mourinho said.



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