Premier League left in fury over latest lockdown rules which state teams can only order room service at hotels, leaving concerns over the impact on players’ health
- Government officials have banned team meals in hotels until December 2
- The Premier League have written to the teams to inform them of the rules
- Concerns were raised that new rules were not appropriate for team sport
- There are claims it rob squads and staff of morale-boosting time together
Clubs have been told that room service is the only option for eating in hotels until lockdown rules are lifted.
Government officials have banned team meals in hotels until December 2, a move that has not gone down well with the Premier League and EFL.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport have outlined that under no circumstances terms should clubs go against the rule.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport led by Oliver Dowden (above) has warned clubs they must not seek alternatives to room service in hotels
The Premier League wrote to their clubs at the weekend to make them aware of the situation they will face when matches resume this weekend after the international break.
Concerns were raised that having to rely on room service was not appropriate for team sport as it will lead to players being cooped up in their rooms and rob squads and staff of morale-boosting time together.
The Premier League are in ongoing talks with the Government in an attempt to have the prohibition lifted.
The EFL have sent similar guidance to their clubs.
Players’ health has already taken a physical toll on Premier League players this term with Trent Alexander-Arnold (right) pictured having collected an injury earlier in the month for Liverpool