The UK has entered another national lockdown due to the ongoing effects of a new strain of Covid-19. Once again, a question mark hangs over the status of the country’s elite sports.
The Women’s Super League was forced to cut its 2019/20 season short due to the virus last year. The results were calculated using a points-per-game system, seeing Chelsea crowned champions and Liverpool relegated.
Now, women’s football is once again threatened due to Covid-19. Several fixtures have already been called off and postponed due to an outbreak of the new strain of the virus.
Four positive cases have emerged from the Man City camp, whilst several Arsenal players are undergoing a period of self-isolation.
A number of first team players from both clubs recently travelled to Dubai during the Christmas break. Upon their return, the positive results were confirmed, which has sparked controversy on social media.
It has ruffled the feathers of many fans and professionals alike. West Ham captain Gilly Flaherty posted her disappointment on Twitter and urged those who travelled to apologise.
I have to be careful what I say regarding the situation as I don’t fancy getting a ban but this thread by @SuzyWrack has hit the nail on the head. Hopefully the girls who are involved will do the decent thing & come out & apologise https://t.co/nZGCcgc4Di— Gilly Flaherty (@Gilly_flaherty) January 7, 2021
However, the two top flight heavyweights aren’t the only clubs to be linked to questionable trips out of the country. Two other sides in the WSL and Championship have also supposedly had players travel to Dubai over the Christmas period.
Arsenal vs Aston Villa (WSL)
Man City vs West Ham (WSL)
Everton vs Man United (WSL)
Spurs vs Birmingham (WSL)
Liverpool vs London Bees (Championship)
Man City vs Chelsea (Conti Cup)
As it stands, fixtures will continue as long as clubs can field full teams. But a great risk of another complete football freeze runs high. Should cases continue to rise, the FA may be forced to once again put women’s football on hold.