“I am angry because it is not right”: Fulham’s Scott Parker Berates Decision To Schedule Match Against Fulham: The Fulham manager was far from impressed with the Premier League’s functioning
Talking ahead of his side’s showdown against Tottenham on Wednesday, Fulham’s manager, Scott Parkerwas not in a mood to hold back. Asked what he thought about the Premier League’s decision to hastily organise his side’s outing tomorrow, the Fulham manager said he was seething with the move.
The Premier League had decided to move the fixture for gameweek 18 after Tottenham’s previously slated match was called off due to Coronavirus. With both the sides having seen their showdown last week be postponed owing to a slew of COVID cases at Fulham, the FA had decided on Monday to fit in the fixture this time around.
Fulham’s Scott Parker Berates Decision To Schedule Match Against Fulham
“I am angry because it is not right. It is wrong. That is why I am so angry. The possibility of playing Spurs on Wednesday came on Saturday.
“We didn’t think that was realistic and we were informed Monday morning at 9:30am. To confirm that on Monday morning is scandalous. I accept we have to play the game, but it’s the notice,” Scott Parker said when asked about the decision.
“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.
“Getting a game called off 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.”
Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho was more accepting of the call with the Tottenham manager least perturbed.
“Are you serious? They had 48 hours to prepare for this game. You think so? I had the news I was not going to play them two hours before the game started.
“The biggest impact is to have matches postponed. That is the biggest impact. The changing of the order of the matches, the impact is minimal I would say.
“In the end you have to play 19 matches at home and 19 away, and two matches against every team. So if it’s to help the Premier League to go and to end properly, it’s a solution we all have to accept as a positive solution,” Mourinho said.