Premier League Covid testing chief warns ‘stick to protocols’ for sake of season

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The mastermind behind Covid testing in the Premier League has urged all those involved to stick to the rules if the season is to be completed.

The warning comes amid growing fears that football's failure to follow strict protocols could ruin efforts to keep elite sport going during the current nationwide lockdown.

The Premier League has introduced stronger regulations at clubs this week, in a bid to reduce the growing number of positive cases and postponed games.

These include making substitutes wear masks when sat in the stands and banning "unnecessary contact at all times" between players, managers and coaching staff, including handshakes and hugging.

But following numerous breaches of the rules during last weekend's FA Cup third-round ties, Premier League bosses fear those in question are not taking the issue seriously enough.

Avi Lasarow, who is chief executive of the Government approved firm 'Prenetics EMEA' which runs the top flight testing programme across all 20 clubs, believes the season can get finished – provided managers, players and staff abide by the rules.

Lasarow, who also provides testing in international cricket and top-level boxing, said: "The Premier League is in constant consultation with clubs regarding testing, which is just part of the protection put in place against the pandemic.

"We work across multiple sectors and our role is to provide a service for our clients.

“Protocols are the key to keeping things going and they are in place for a reason. They should always be observed and listened to."

Lasarowinsists he can see light at the end of the tunnel and he added: "Hopefully we can continue to play our part, because Covid-19 has made us all consider our health like never before.

"We have to remain optimistic about where the world is heading, because we all want to get back to normal as soon as possible."

  • Premier League
  • Coronavirus
  • FA Cup

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