Premier League chief writes to warn clubs that unvaccinated players and staff will face tougher restrictions on matchdays and at training grounds, with 16 per cent of top-flight stars having not received ANY Covid jabs
In the note sent to top-flight chief executives and chairmen on Wednesday, Masters told clubs: ‘We are exploring the potential of additional measures relating to yet unvaccinated players and staff.’
The letter goes on to say that following feedback from their Covid-19 Advisory Group, the Premier League are continuing to consider potential proposals for the stricter restrictions for unjabbed players ahead of discussions with clubs.
But the threat of severer constraints, which could include far stringent restrictions at training grounds and match-days, for football staff provides further evidence of the league’s determination to improve immunisation levels.
In the last set of figures released by the Premier League last month, it was revealed that 16 percent of players were still to be vaccinated – among the highest percentage of unjabbed footballers in Europe.
And the danger of stiffer measures should act as an incentive for unvaccinated players to be immunised.
On Wednesday’s correspondence also confirmed that their stringent Covid testing regime will no longer include bi-weekly PCR tests for players and staff from today, in line with new Government guidance announced yesterday.
Instead there will be a more significant reliance on lateral flow tests (LFT). Since December 14, players and staff have undergone LFTs on all training days and PCR tests twice a week, as well as following the Government guidance to to confirm a positive LFT result with a PCR.
The new guidelines will see the daily LFT tests continue on every training day and the day before a match.