'Games weren't called off when I had Covid' - West Ham boss Moyes questions Premier League postponements

David Moyes, West Ham
Three games in the English top-flight were called off in December because of coronavirus, something the Hammers manager is unhappy with

West Ham United manager David Moyes has questioned the decision of the Premier League to postpone three matches last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fixtures between Newcastle and Aston Villa, Everton against Manchester City and Tottenham versus Fulham were all called off in December following outbreaks of Covid-19 among the squads of some of the teams involved.

Each game is judged on an individual basis with the Premier League making the final decision on whether a fixture should go ahead.

There are no rules directly addressing the postponement of games because of illness among players and club staff, although the 2020-21 Premier League handbook states "permission will not be granted to postpone a league match where the applicant club has 14 or more players listed on its squad list available."

Moyes has therefore questioned whether it was right that the three games over the crowded festive period were postponed, especially as he and two of his West Ham players - Issa Diop and Josh Cullen - tested positive back in September, however none of their matches were rescheduled.

"We understand and we're not bemoaning in any way any of the games because that's the fixtures. They didn't stop the games when me and two players got Covid, but they've chosen now that it's time they would do that," Moyes said at a press conference ahead of West Ham's Premier League clash with Everton.

"I thought you had to have 14 players and the original point was to say that you would go into your academy and get players, so I don't know if those rules have now changed."

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Moyes, Diop and Cullen - the latter of whom has since left West Ham to join Belgian club Anderlecht - all tested positive for coronavirus shortly before their Carabao Cup tie with Hull City on September 22.

The players had been named in the starting line-up for the match while Moyes was also at the London Stadium ahead of the game when all three men were told their results. All three immediately left the stadium to self-isolate, and there were no further positive tests.

West Ham are due to face Everton on New Year's Day in the first Premier League fixture of 2021, with the Toffees having not played since Boxing Day after their game with City was called off, while the Hammers played Southampton on December 29, the game ending 0-0.