The Premier League will pay £ 4 million for 26,000 coronavirus test kits – but some medical staff have ethical concerns about their use with players who should be checked twice a week after resuming group training
- Medical leaders from 20 clubs had long teleconference on Saturday
- They decided that players and some staff should be tested for Covid-19 twice a week
- Recommendation will be discussed at Friday’s Premier League meeting
- Test kits cost around £ 150 each and teams will perform 50 tests twice a week
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The Premier League faces a staggering £ 4 million bill for coronavirus test kits.
The medical leaders of the 20 top clubs had a long teleconference on Saturday, when it was decided that players and essential staff should be tested for Covid-19 twice a week for the duration of the season, from the moment where group training begins again.
The recommendation will be discussed, and potentially approved, at the Premier League shareholders’ meeting on Friday.
Premier League clubs face staggering £ 4m bill for coronavirus test kits
Players and essential staff should be tested for Covid-19 twice a week as part of the proposals
Test kits cost around £ 150 each. Staff deemed essential will vary by club, but teams plan to run up to 50 tests twice a week, which would cost £ 20,000 for the 20 clubs.
With teams hoping to resume group training by mid-May and the season ending in late July – a period of 13 weeks – the total cost of providing enough test kits could reach up to £ 4 million.
Sportsmail understands that the Premier League will pay the bill for the test kits, which will be crucial to ensuring that football can restart as safely as possible, as a positive reading could cause further delay or even an interruption of the season.
Medical leaders from 20 top flight clubs had long teleconference on Saturday
Sportsmail may reveal, however, that a number of medical personnel have major ethical concerns regarding regular testing of players.
With up to 26,000 test kits available to purchase to ensure players and staff can have two tests a week until the end of the season, many believe that tests should be reserved for health fighting coronavirus on the forehead. line.
Meanwhile, Premier League clubs are starting to notify staff that they expect football to restart by June 13.
Clubs will be allowed to make their own decisions about when to restart group training sessions, in accordance with social distancing guidelines. It is likely that clubs will aim to start what is essentially pre-season training by mid-May.
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