Jordan backs Premier League break as football must ‘watch its step’

Lewis Oldham
Simon Jordan on Premier League shutdown

Simon Jordan is in favour of the Premier League implementing a break to limit the spread of Covid-19 as football must “watch its step”.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank suggested on Thursday that all of this weekend’s Premier League games should be postponed.

This comes amid the increasing spread of the Omricon variant of Covid-19. Several Premier League clubs are being affected by the virus.

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There was due to be a full round of fixtures in midweek but three Premier League games have been called off.

One game from this coming weekend is also off as Man United versus Brighton is no longer going ahead.

Ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan has told talkSPORT that it would be a “sensible decision” to have a break:

“Perhaps taking a set of fixtures out and saying these fixtures that lead up to Boxing Day, which is what Thomas Frank has advocated, might be the sensible decision.

“It would be damage limitation for what could be coming down, which is clearly what we are going to see.

“We are seeing it in society, whatever it is, however we view cases rather than hospitalisations, we are where we are.

“Football is a poster boy for people, and they will lever that and say ‘look at what football is doing and look at how football is being allowed to stay open and look at the fact football is being allowed to put 75,000 fans in a stadium’.

“So it needs to look as if it’s doing what it should be doing.

“I’m not an advocate of opening football stadiums and playing games just because we want a stable diet of football.

“Football has a certain look, so I would probably say we could probably sit down for seven or eight days, let it flow its course, and then you’re going to see it settle, – then play the Boxing Day games.

“If this transmission [Omicron] is at the level that it’s at, how can you justify putting 30/40/50,000 people inside a stadium and argue that it’s outdoors?

“Well it’s not outdoor, because most of the time people are inside concourses or inside hospitality or inside lounges or inside executive boxes.

“26,000 people at [Crystal] Palace last night, I can guarantee you in the executive boxes I know very well and in the lounges, you’d have thousands and thousands and thousands of people indoors.

“So football really needs to watch its step a little.”