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The match between Tottenham Spurs and Fulham which was formerly supposed to be held on the 30th of December, 2020 was suspended a few hours before kick-off as a result of an outbreak of the coronavirus in the Fulham Team.
The Spurs coach had voiced his displeasure in the sudden reschedule saying, "I don't want to speak too much about it," said Mourinho. "Just to say I felt unprofessional, but that is the way it was.
"We were preparing ourselves for that match and of course we didn't play and that is disruptive of what is a week of work.
"The training sessions before that would be different if we weren't going to play that game. People can think it was good for me that there was no game, but only good for me if I knew there was no game because then I could have had a different cycle in the training sessions.
"But not to play and not to train like we would have liked in the days before does not help."
Spurs Premier League match with Aston Villa was scheduled for Wednesday but this was also shifted as a result of an outbreak of the virus in the Villa camp. To this end, the London derby was rescheduled to the same night and this ended up with Spurs having a 1-1 draw thereby missing their opportunity to be in third place.
Jose had asked for an apology from the Fulham team citing that they fielded their best side in the rearranged fixture, but the Fulham coach would have none of it.
"I owe no one an apology, this football club owes no one an apology," Parker said.
"You can talk from the outside and people can see what they want to see and work out exactly what the script is but it was far from that. There were two players on that pitch that had only trained for one day, they'd come back from Covid-19 and played in that game. I had players on the pitch that had just three or four days of training. The issue for me regarding this fixture wasn't having just two days to prepare for it. I understand that.” Parker said.
Jose said he wasn’t stunned by the Fulham team’s move and Parker maintained that he had to make the choice for the wellbeing of the players and their families
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