LIVERPOOL will benefit from a loophole in the Premier League’s Covid-19 rules that saw Mo Salah return just five days after testing positive.
Salah is in line to play in tonight’s Champions League clash against Atalanta after being able to resume training on Monday.
And this despite Prem rules stating that stars cannot train or play for ten days after testing positive.
SunSport has learned that league bosses have blurred these lines – claiming they actually mean ten days after an INITIAL positive test.
Salah had two positive tests, the second was on Wednesday last week, after leaving with Egypt.
Yet government rules make it clear that the quarantine period is taken from the point of each test – not from an “initial” test.
UK law states: “If you have symptoms, the ten days start from the time they started. If you haven’t had any symptoms, the ten days start from the time you take the test. ”
Liverpool haven’t done anything wrong and Salah’s return has been cleared by Prem. UEFA allows a player to play after a week of quarantine.
But that now leaves the league’s guidelines open to scrutiny.
Prem chefs will address each Covid issue on a case-by-case basis – under the direction of a doctor.
The league has admitted that there may be instances where one person is treated differently from another – even though Schedule 14 of its rules seems to clarify the rules.
They state, “Each club should ensure that: (i) all PDP people comply with government guidelines regarding the management of symptoms of COVID-19 experienced by them or any member of their household, including any guidelines or government testing and tracing policy
“(Ii) In the event that a PDP person develops symptoms of COVID-19 at any time: a. they self-isolate for ten days or until symptoms subside (whichever is later); and B. the PDP person’s household members self-isolate for 14 days. ”
They were happy that Salah was coming back as he later provided a negative sample.
Still, Conor Coady was unable to play for Wolves on Monday as he was self-isolating, although he never tested positive.