The Premier League is planning a June return.
It has been decided that they are willing to return and finish the remaining 92 games. The games in all probability will be played in neutral venues.
However, for these games to go ahead, the players, the staff, the coaches and everybody associated will have to tested at regular intervals.
This might put more pressure on the NHS and other essential workers, something Frank Lampard has condoned.
“The health and safety of players and staff is huge,” Lampard told BT Sport. “We play a contact sport we’re all desperate to see — it’s a form of escapism, to watch football, play and train — but how are we not going to put the players at risk within that?
“The other issue is testing. We will probably have a minimum of 70 or 80 staff at Cobham [training ground] if we’re going to restart training. It’s right that we test regularly, but when we’re looking around the world… I think it’s important for football to take its place. I don’t know the testing numbers for National Health Service [NHS] and care workers, people who are doing these incredible jobs over the last two months. I don’t think it would sit well, not just with me, but with anybody, if we didn’t make sure that people who are in that frontline are getting tested.”
As always, Lampard is being frank and hitting it right where it matters.
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