All Premier League players must have a Covid-19 test before returning to play
According to the Association of Tournament Managers Association (LMA) Richard Bevan, for the Premier League to play again, all players need to be tested for Covid-19.
However, Richard Bevan, in an interview with BBC Sport journalist Dan Roan, acknowledged: “Currently, testing is only available to employees of the Public Health Service (NHS) and patients.” Therefore, players in the Premier League are only tested when the situation allows.
Therefore, the ability to play again in the near future still has to wait for the situation of the players who have to undergo tests on Covid-19.
Recently, the Football League (EFL) system of England (including the First Division and below) is scheduled to play again in late April or in May and is completed within 56 days. Mr. Richard Bevan has criticized this plan as irresponsible.
Accordingly, Mr. Richard Bevan wants EFL to work first with LMA to ensure the conditions of competition and synchronization with the Premier League, as well as to ensure the safety of players, coaches and team staff.
Currently the UK season has been postponed indefinitely, but recently organizations such as the EFL tournament system have been trying to rethink the tournament after consulting the Bundesliga (Germany) tournament model that is scheduled to be played again in November. 5.
Despite this, Mr. Richard Bevan assessed that the Bundesliga could be replayed because Germany is showing many positive signs in combating the Covid-19 epidemic.
In particular, the country is also speeding up Covid-19 testing of up to 50,000 cases per day, while in the UK there are currently only 10,000 cases per day.
The British government intends to increase the number of Covid-19 tests to 100,000 cases per day by the end of this month, and if that is possible then the ability of players in the Premier League and other tournaments to be tested for eligible to return to competition.