THE key to breaking the Premier League football lockout for supporters is in a Hong Kong exhibition center.
Because the AsiaWorld-Expo center is preparing to host events using disinfection capsules, people will have to cross before entering.
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And anti-coronavirus technology is already discussed in some football circles as a way to support the gradual return of crowds to the field.
The “CLeanTech” pods are a three-in-one disinfection machine.
Fans first had to stand in front of a screen, much like passport control, and have their temperature checked.
If it is too high, suggesting a viral infection, you cannot go any further.
But if the person is fine, the pod opens and you enter what is called the “disinfection tunnel”.
This is where a combination of UV light and a sanitation and air purification spray is used to kill any other germs that persist on clothing or personal belongings.
The process in the “tunnel” takes only 12 seconds.
The center’s next scheduled event is a concert by Avril Lavigne on May 24 which will have a capacity of 16,000 people.
Of course, the challenges that clubs would face using such high-tech equipment on the field would be enormous.
But that could prove to be a giant first step towards the return of supporters to the stadiums.
Sports leaders meet this week with government and health officials to discuss plans to bring the action back online.
Premier League clubs should be informed of the options available when the lockout is released on Friday.
HOW THEY WORK
SUPPORTERS approaching a stadium would be greeted by a passport control screen.
A sensor then checks the person’s temperature.
If it is too high – a major symptom of coronavirus – the ventilator cannot go any further.
But if you pass this health check, the pod opens and you enter a charming tunnel called “Sanitizing Tunnel”.
The fans are then “treated” with UV light and a disinfectant spray to help remove any other germs on them.
And from there, you can then watch the game safely …
The French and Dutch leagues have already abandoned their campaigns.
But top-level English leaders are determined to finish, with a return to action behind closed doors on June 8.
Clubs have nine or ten Premier League games to play.