Premier League stars will be subject to track-and-trace directives

Premier League stars will be subject to government’s track-and-trace directives and could miss games if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive for coronavirus

  • Premier League stars will be subject to government’s track-and-trace measures 
  • Players could miss games if they are in contact with someone who has Covid-19 
  • In such cases players could then be forced to  self-isolate for the next 14 days 
  • Clubs will emphasise to players they must be very cautious away from training 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Premier League footballers will be subject to the government’s track-and-trace directives meaning they could be asked to isolate for 14 days and miss games if they come into contact with someone who has tested positive with Covid-19.

But clubs will emphasise to players that they must be extremely cautious when away from training and maintain a virtual lockdown even while measures are eased for the rest of the country.

Club doctors are briefing players to minimise their risk of receiving a track-and-trace call and being required to isolate for 14 days by excluding contact with friends. Interaction with wider family, other than partners and children, will also need to be extremely limited.

Premier League players will be subject to government’s track-and-trace directives

Coaches also plan to ensure that huge numbers of a squad don’t need to self isolate for 14 days if one player tests positive.

In ordinary circumstances, a positive test would mean anyone who had spent 15 minutes in close contact with that individual would have to self isolate.

Clubs can avoid that by ensuring that any close contact training, such as set pieces, is limited to ten minutes before a break time. Small sided games or practice matches can go ahead because GPS data can demonstrate that players won’t have been in 15 minutes worth of contact with any specified individual during that time.

Players will be strongly discouraged from socialising with each other after training as that would increase the risk of more than one player having to self isolate for 14 days. At the training ground, they have to maintain social distance, they don’t eat together and have to travel in alone, so there is hardly any risk of spending 15 minutes in the company of another individual.

Players could miss games and have to self-isolate if they are in contact with someone who has tested positive with Covid-19

With the Government giving the go-ahead for competitive sport to start on Monday, clubs are expected to step up contact training, which has been limited in the first few days.

It gives most clubs almost three weeks of full contact training before the Premier League season restarts, with postponed matches of Manchester City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United taking place on June 17th with a full restart on Friday June 19th.

Clubs are now working on the protocols for travel to and from games. Planes, which are used for long distance away games, have been ruled out by most clubs as they represent too much of a risk in terms of exposing players and staff to multiple forms of travel – a bus to the airport, the plan itself, a bus from the airport – and to surfaces within an airport as well.

Most teams will travel in two separate buses – one for players and manager and a second bus for support staff. This should allow them to social distance.




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