Which Premier League clubs have canceled their Christmas parties? Leeds and Burnley have had celebrations before, but Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira said ending the festivities “was the right thing to do”
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Crystal Palace have become the latest Premier League club to ignore Tory advice and call off their Christmas party.
The Eagles were one of many top clubs willing to capitalize on their lack of European football to have their annual shindig in early December.
Gone are the days when Tottenham players organized a festive trip to Dublin behind then manager Harry Redknapp in 2009.
But some Premier League sides were still preparing for Christmas, with Kalvin Phillips even injuring himself on a night out with Leeds last month.
Burnley has also already had his rally with Sean Dyche saying, “I wasn’t there. I’m sure I wasn’t there. It wasn’t my birthday.
Yet an increase in coronavirus cases and the introduction of several new restrictions have forced many more to step on the brakes – here’s what we know …
Which Premier League clubs have canceled their Christmas parties?
Patrick Vieira remembers celebrating during the holiday season as a player, but revealed that a joint decision was made to cancel their party this year.
He told Sky Sports: “It’s part of the culture of this country, this Christmas party that the players have.
“We did it a few years ago and it’s something the players love to do but obviously with the situation we and the players decided to cancel the Christmas party and it was the right thing to do. .
” I am like everybody else. We are all worried about the increase in positive cases, not just in football but in our society.
“Everywhere else, the cases are multiplying. If there are more cases outside, it will obviously be more in football clubs.
“We just have to be careful and I hope everyone pays a little more attention to how we socialize outside of the training center.”
Eddie Howe has banned his players from partying due to a mix of Covid concerns and their disappointing performance on the pitch.
He said: “I don’t think this time is the time for the players to have a Christmas party.
“We had a staff and players meeting this week, a meal together.
“But I don’t think that with one, the congestion of games, two, Covid and three, our position in the league, this is the time for that.
“I’m going to try to get the message across to them to focus on work and games. It takes precedence over anything else.
Pep Guardiola revealed earlier this month that the decision has already been made to overturn him, but he cannot control what the players are doing at home.
He said: “I think the situation is different.
“The club has a party every winter for all the workers and we canceled it, we can’t do it but if the family and the kids do, be careful, today we have LFT and PCR (tests) and you can do it differently.
“Just be careful and that’s it – the risk is high. Look at Tottenham and Leicester. It can happen here too. It’s a big deal for them, the family and the team.
Thomas Tuchel was ahead of the Christmas showdown curve, having warned his players against the party in November due to their busy schedules.
He said, “Have you looked at our schedule? There is no way. I know they won’t come out when we have games every three days, it’s impossible.
“We’ll look at the schedule and try to give them days off as often as possible because it’s so rare.
“We just checked the whole schedule in December and finalized it on Friday – we’ll practice on the 24th, the 25th, that’s the way it is because we have an away game on the 26th.
“On January 2nd we’re playing Liverpool so I know for sure no one is going to party.
“We have a game against Leeds on December 11th and the Everton game on the following Thursday, so if we have the option to give a day or two off after the Leeds game, we will because it is important that we reposions and very important to disconnect and recharge the batteries.
“But I’d rather they stayed on the couch and didn’t go out.”
Hornets boss Claudio Ranieri has insisted Vicarage Road workers will stay home this month and not go out to socialize.
He told club media: “No, no no, we haven’t [had] a Christmas party. Never never.
“We are staying at home with our families, and we are staying here together and we have all the restriction zones. Its good. No, no, no, it’s okay for the moment.
“But, you know, Covid comes in all situations.”
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