Premier League matches will introduce water breaks this weekend to cope with the searing heatwave across England.
Mandatory one-minute drinks break were first brought in by England’s top-flight following its Covid resumption in June 2020.
The mid-game intervals were initially designed to help players cope with the demands of a congested fixture list after the three-month break.
But, they were scrapped before the start of the next season following criticism that managers were using it to give their teams tactical advice.
Jose Mourinho, who was then in charge of Tottenham, said: “If anyone says it’s just a drinks break we all know it’s not true. It’s a tactical break.
“You can help one team who is in the negative moment of the game and you can kill the dynamic of a team that is in a high, that’s no doubt.”
The FA do have a long-standing rule that all Premier League and EFL games played in greater than 30C heat can utilise water breaks.
Last weekend’s clash between West Ham and Manchester City was played in highs of 32C in East London.
And as a result, water breaks for both sets of players were taken during the first-half of City’s 2-0 win.
London is expected to reach similar temperatures this weekend as well after the Met Office issued an amber warning for the next four days.
On Saturday, Arsenal host Leicester in north London at 3pm with Manchester United travelling to Brentford in the 5.30pm kick-off and both are set to be played in weather over 30C.
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