The PFA are sitting on a reported £55million in cash reserves: can’t they use some of that to help put regular Covid-19 testing back in place for the 72 EFL clubs?
Testing has returned to the 72 Football League clubs – for one week only, as it is now deemed necessary for the teams from the scruffy leagues to be checked for Covid just as they come up against Premier League sides.
Mandatory testing has not been in place for all EFL clubs since the early weeks of this season, something that has contributed to nearly 50 games being postponed over the last month.
“43 of the 72 have had at least one game called off because of Covid,” Adrian Clarke pointed out on this week’s Totally Football League Show.
The primary reason for this seems to be cost, with twice-weekly tests setting clubs back around £10,000-a-week at a time when they’re already very stretched financially.
But Adrian Clarke returned to a familiar refrain in response to that: can’t the PFA at least help out with that?
The union has a reported £55million in their accounts for emergencies, and a pandemic that is killing people and could cause the end to many clubs that have been going for over a century would appear to fit that category.
“I don’t understand why they’re sitting on this cash reserve if they can protect their members & their members’ families. It’s in everyone’s interests for players that are asymptomatic to know if they’ve got it so they don’t spread it around their club, people don’t get ill and matches don’t get called off.
“I don’t know who is going to pay for this [the latest round of testing], but it’s good news. If we didn’t have twice a week testing then there’s a possibility the season wouldn’t get finished in Leagues One and Two. Nobody wants to go down the points-per-game route again.”
But, of course, as well as testing, some personal responsibility has to be in place:
“We’re hearing a lot about Premier League players breaking the rules – players have a responsibility, so they’ve got to do the right thing just as everyone else is.”
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