Unvaccinated players are suspected to be contributing to the Covid fixture issue in football. The EFL admitted yesterday that 25% of players across its three divisions refuse to get vaccinated.
While the Premier League has not provided any vaccination statistics for its players since October. The amount of anti-vaxxers in the top division is expected to be comparable. And is being blamed for the Omicron variant’s widespread disruption.
Six additional Premier League matches were postponed yesterday. With Covid outbreaks requiring Leicester City’s match against Tottenham Hotspur to be rescheduled last night. As well as five more this weekend. Manchester United will face Brighton & Hove Albion. Southampton will face Brentford. Watford will face Crystal Palace. And West Ham United will face Arsenal.
Only 59% of players have had two vaccines. With the remaining 16% having received one dosage and planning to receive another.
Following a huge drive by the EFL, clubs, and the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Professor Jonathan Van Tam. The worrying stats have altered little in the previous two months.
They’ll also raise serious worries about the spread of Covid-19 throughout Football League teams. With the Omicron strain fueling a tidal wave of infection that’s sweeping the country.
When testing players twice a week, the Premier League discovered 42 new cases of Covid across squads last week. It has since transitioned to daily testing using lateral flow kits, as well as two PCR tests every week.
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Although clubs have been allowed to test themselves, there has been no required testing in the EFL. Raising concerns about the extent of infection that may already present.
Due to an epidemic of Covid, QPR had to cancel a Championship match against Sheffield United on Monday.
Following that, the Hoops’ trip to Swansea was postponed. And it was announced yesterday that Reading’s Sky Bet Championship match against Luton at home on Saturday. As well as Millwall’s encounter against Preston had been affected by a Covid-19 outbreak.
EFL clubs have lobbied the league to make drug testing mandatory.
Today, league executives declared that they will transition to ‘red procedures,’ which will require daily testing. Outside of physical sessions, social distancing measures will be necessary. As well as limits on the use of indoor facilities, treatment, and group travel, among other things.
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