Yorkshire clubs handed major boost as PFA confirm they will pay for bi-weekly Covid-19 tests

EFL match ball. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)EFL match ball. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
EFL match ball. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
ENGLISH Football League clubs across Yorkshire have been handed a boost with the news that the governing body and the Professional Footballers' Association have confirmed they will introduce twice-weekly COVID-19 testing from Monday - with the PFA to fund the testing.

The re-introduction of a League wide testing programme follows this week’s round of mandatory Coronavirus tests and is designed to complement the League’s recently enhanced matchday and non-matchday COVID protocols with funding provided by the PFA earlier this season.

The tests have initially been procured from the private sector and will be fully funded by the PFA following discussions that have taken place with the EFL across the past 72-hour period.

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The financial aspect of the decision will ease the pressure on White Rose clubs Barnsley, Huddersfield Town, Middlesbrough, Rotherham United, Sheffield Wednesday, Doncaster Rovers, Hull City, Bradford City and Harrogate Town.

EFL chief executive Trevor Birch said: “We have repeatedly maintained that adhering to the stringent protocols implemented during the re-start last summer and then across all clubs since the beginning of the season was going to be our best chance of beating the virus and to keep playing matches.

“Only last week we took the decision to enhance these to further minimise risk, though with the new strain of the virus taking hold across parts of the country, it is now clear from our discussions with our medical advisors and public health officials that additional testing, operated in conjunction with strict protocols, may prove beneficial in the immediate short-term.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the PFA for their support in helping us to finalise a position on testing across all three divisions on a twice-weekly basis. We will continue to review the situation and make any adjustments or changes as circumstances dictate with the health and well-being of our players and Club staff the overwhelming priority.”

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PFA Chief Executive Gordon Taylor said: “In the light of the current increase in COVID-19 cases and the resulting further tightening of government regulations, the PFA and the EFL have agreed enhanced measures to help protect players, staff and their families.

“Football has provided temporary relief for many fans during the lockdown. PFA members, alongside millions of people, have worked hard and played a positive role throughout the pandemic."

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