Premier League aims to reassure players with £4m coronavirus nasal testing

The Premier League has opted to use the same laboratory as the German Bundesliga for its £4 million Covid-19 testing process as it seeks to reassure players and staff this week that the Project Restart plans will protect them and their families. TDL is also the testing base for the Bundesliga which plans to be the first of the European leagues to try to get games back on behindclosed doors in a biosecure environment. There were originally fears that the nasal process would be too invasive with a swab through the nose to the back of the throat twice a week over three months or longer, likely to cause pain and discomfort to subjects. Prenetics will oversee the testing process, including setting up stations at training grounds and supplying the medical practitioners who willadminister them. The Premier League conference call on Monday will not ask clubs to vote on the contentious issues of neutral venues, return to training dates or medical testing procedures. The Premier League’s acquisition programme has been overseen by director of football Richard Garlick and its medical advisor Mark Gillett. The 30 coolest footballers of all time (FourFourTwo) Meanwhile the West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady claims that clubs will have to “disinfect the grass” at the training ground as part of new hygiene protocols. We will also need to disinfect the corner flags, goalposts and even the grass — although how remains a mystery as that usually kills it.” The Liverpool captain Virgil Van Dijk says that the hiatus in football has made him consider how difficult it will be to accept retirement when at last the day comes.