EPL may need break due to virus: Allardyce

West Bromwich Albion manager Sam Allardyce believes a short “circuit break” might be the best thing for the Premier League as it battles rising coronavirus cases.

Speaking after his side’s 5-0 defeat at home to Leeds on Tuesday night, the 66-year-old Allardyce said “everyone’s safety is more important than anything else”.

“When I listen to the news that the variant virus transmits quicker than the original virus, we can only do the right thing, which is have a circuit break,” he said.

“I am 66 years old and the last thing I want to do is catch COVID.”

Manchester City were granted a postponement of their match with Everton on Monday due to rising cases within their squad and bottom side Sheffield United and Newcastle United have both seen several players affected.

The Premier League said Tuesday a record 18 players and club staff had tested positive in the latest round of testing between December 21 and 27.

“As much as we’re getting tested – we had one positive this week – it seems to be creeping round,” Allardyce said.

“No matter how hard we try, no matter how many times we get tested, how we wear our masks, how we sanitise our hands, we’re still catching a lot infections around the country.

“If that (a break) helps, let’s do it and let the season run a little longer when we get through it.”

The British government is due to announce further coronavirus restrictions on Wednesday, 24 hours after a record 53,135 people tested positive for the virus.

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