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All Premier League Players Must Be Tested Before Season Resumes”- LMA

The football season in England should only resume once all players have been tested for coronavirus, says the chief executive of the League Managers’ Association (LMA).

But Richard Bevan told BBC Sport “tests must be made available first” to NHS workers and patients.

“Once that’s happened, by all means let’s access it in sport,” he added.

Professional football has been postponed indefinitely because of the pandemic.

Bevan has criticised the English Football League (EFL) for failing to consult his members over an estimate that the season could be completed in 56 days once it restarts.

This week clubs were sent a letter in which the EFL said it was “hopeful” of a conclusion in the summer months.

Bevan thinks testing is key to getting back to action as soon as possible.

“We’re not really going to see more accurate forecasting about when we can get on the pitch until the end of April” he said.

“In Germany, if you look at discussions about coming back in May, that’s probably a direct result of some very clear thinking from their government because they’re doing 50,000 tests a day.

“In this country we’re doing 10,000 per day, although the government are targeting 100,000 each day by the end of the month.

“Our managers do not want to be back on the pitch unless the players have been tested. But at the same time the government must confirm that is OK, because the tests must be made available first – if there’s a shortage – to care workers, patients, NHS staff and their families.”

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