The Premier League postponed Tottenham’s trip to Aston Villa due to the high number of positive Covid-19 cases reported by Villa, and decided to reschedule the London derby against Fulham for the same night.
Spurs were due to host Fulham on December 30, but the fixture was called off few hours before the kick-off due to Covid-19 outbreak in Parker’s squad. The cancellation prompted Mourinho to take a dig at Premier League, and now Scott Parker has admitted he is angry with the decision to play Tottenham on a short notice.
Speaking to reporters ahead of their game against Spurs, Parker said ” 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 9:30. To confirm that on Monday morning is scandalous. I accept we have to play the game, but it’s the notice.”
However, Mourinho said Fulham had enough time to prepare for the game. Speaking to reporters the Tottenham manager said “Are you serious? They had 48 hours to prepare for this game. Look, 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. The changing of the order, the impact is I would say minimal, because in the end you have to play 19 matches at home, 19 away. You have to play two matches against every team.”
Parker disputed Mourinho’s comments and said its different to prepare for a game that doesn’t happen than to one that does. The Fulham manager added “Regarding being told the game is called off 48 hours before or 2 hours before is really an irrelevance.”
“It’s a disappointment you have had a game called off, I understand that. But to have a game called on with 48 hours notice is, I don’t want to get into that regarding Jose but I think he will know all too well that obviously you plan for one game or the other.”
“Tottenham knew they had this fixture in. Jose’s team selection at the weekend suggested that. He planned for the next however many games they have got, and they have got a lot granted.”
Parker questioned the integrity of the game and added “Do I see that this would happen if this was a top of the table clash with two of the biggest teams and managers then probably not and rightly so.”
“For me this is not acceptable. It is [about] the integrity of the game, the welfare of the players. We are now putting players into a position here after two days training.”