Premier League stars will need to get PCR tested on CHRISTMAS DAY as bosses unanimously agree to invoke emergency protocol in a bid to avoid an Omicron shutdown amid a surge of Covid outbreaks at different clubs
프리미어 리그 players will be forced to report to club training grounds for PCR tests on 크리스마스 Day as part of a massively increased screening programme designed to save the festive programme from the threat of an 오미크론 shutdown.
Under new emergency protocols agreed by clubs on Tuesday, players will be asked to take up to nine 코로나 19 tests each week – seven lateral flow and two PCR – due to fears about the greater transmissibility of the new variant.
While clubs unanimously agreed to the new testing regime, there are concerns in some quarters about the logistics involved, particularly the decision to make PCR tests mandatory the day before each fixture.
Christmas Day PCR tests will be required for Premier League players under new protocols
결과적으로, away teams may have to travel considerable distances while waiting for test results to ensure games can go ahead.
That may lead to the prospect of 11th-hour postponements – such as Tuesday night’s match between Brentford and Manchester United, which was called off at 11.50pm on Monday after a late Premier League Board meeting.
In another new development, all players and staff will take lateral flow tests in their cars each day before being admitted to club training grounds.
일단 거기, they will then have an additional PCR test the day before a fixture, including on Christmas Day.
The lateral flow tests on players’ designated days off will be voluntary, but all clubs will strongly encourage their use and record all the data.
The Premier League have acted swiftly to respond to the Omicron threat after announcing a record 42 positive tests across two testing cycles last week. They anticipate the number of cases will continue to rise.
The changes were agreed only four days after the previous twice-weekly testing regime was beefed up to three times a week last Friday.
Brentford striker Ivan Toney has been sidelined recently having tested positive for Covid
Manchester United returned positive tests and Tuesday’s game against Brentford was off
It is a clear sign of clubs’ concern about the danger of mass cancellations and another shutdown – 같이 ~에 의해보고되었다 스포츠메일 월요일에.
Since the detection of Omicron in the UK, a number of clubs have reported outbreaks of the virus.
They include Tottenham, Leicester City, 맨체스터 유나이티드, 미드필더 David Platt는 결혼한 아내 Rachel과, QPR and West Bromwich Albion, with Norwich City having one player affected.
Tottenham’s match at Brighton was postponed, QPR had to call off Monday’s Championship game with Sheffield United and this Saturday’s fixture against Swansea due to an outbreak, while United’s trip to Brentford on Tuesday night was also postponed.
The Premier League are determined to do all they can to keep future matches on, 하나.
They would rather return to behind-closed-doors fixtures than pause the season – although they will not sanction that move either unless ordered to do so by the Government.
Premier League clubs voted unanimously on measures on Tuesday in a bid to avoid a shutdown