Tottenham v Fulham: Scott Parker upset at short notice for rearrangement

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"The biggest impact is to have matches postponed", he added.

Jose Mourinho has praised the Premier League's "positive" solution in rescheduling Tottenham's clash with Fulham following the postponement of the club's meeting with Aston Villa, though Scott Parker was distinctly less happy.

The latest surge in positive COVID-19 cases has forced a change to the Premier League schedule, as Fulham will replace Aston Villa in a match against Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday.

"The Premier League wishes those with COVID-19 a full and swift recovery and will rearrange Aston Villa's game against Tottenham Hotspur as soon as possible".

The Premier League also pushed Aston Villa's next match against Everton to Sunday from Saturday.

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"The changing of the order of the matches, the impact is minimal because, in the end, you have to play 19 matches at home and 19 matches away, you have to play two matches against every team".

Parker, who was given little game time by Mourinho while he was a player at Chelsea, said the Portuguese's gripe did not compare with his own dilemma. "It's an irrelevance. It's a disappointment", he said. That is disappointing. To have a game agreed at 48 hours notice... I accept we have to play but it is the notice.

None from Ademola Lookman, Tosin Adarabioyo, Alphonse Areola, Tom Cairney, Andre-Frank Anguissa and Mario Lemina made an appearance in the 2-0 FA Cup win over QPR on Saturday - but most will make the journey to north London.

But with Tottenham still in all four competitions - and there European involvement to recommence next month - there is major concern from the Premier League that they will face an unmanageable fixture backlog as the season enters its closing weeks.

"It's not about the fixture", he said.

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"Obviously a week, if this game didn't exist, a week of work is some ask but to think we chuck a game bang in the middle of the week is another story", he said.

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"I am angry because it is not right".

This means players will now have to avoid shaking hands, hugging or swapping shirts before, during and after games.

"We were then told on Monday at 0930 we had to fill in for Villa. It's beyond belief really".

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The Fulham boss criticised the decision, with their game against Chelsea scheduled for Friday also put back 24 hours.

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