The Premier League have reportedly warned clubs not to arrange games over the upcoming mini-winter break because they risk the safety of their player’s mental health.

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26: Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal speaks to Dr Gary O'Driscoll, Team Doctor of Arsenal following a knock to his head during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 26: Sokratis Papastathopoulos of Arsenal speaks to Dr Gary O’Driscoll, Team Doctor of Arsenal following a knock to his head during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on December 26, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

In an issue that hasn’t really bothered the Premier League until now, when they realised that, by giving clubs a mini-winter break they might go off and make some money to which the Premier League can make no claim, they have warned that player’s mental health is at risk.

Of course, the mental health of players facing FA Cup replays during the break will be immune to such problems.

The Daily Mail report that they have seen a letter sent to clubs from The Premier League as far back as March 29 that stressed the importance of ensuring players have a break ‘from the physical and mental rigours of playing matches’.

This from an organisation that gave serious consideration to adding a 39th game to the league to be played overseas.

Liverpool, Tottenham, Newcastle and Southampton all face FA Cup replays during the break with Jurgen Klopp coming in for excessive criticism from the Daily Mail for disrespecting the cup despite Liverpool playing more games than any other side in the league.

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