Premier League clubs in Tier 4 set for Covid-19 tests twice a week
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Covid-19 tests will now happen twice a week at Premier League clubs in Tier 4 regions as football looks to fight back against the virus.
London sides Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham, Crystal Palace and Fulham are all under the tighter restrictions imposed by the UK Government.
And fans have subsequently been stopped from going to matches once again after a brief return of up to 2,000 supporters during early December.
The rapid rise in infection rates across London and the south east, though, has seen the Government react.
Football is having to adapt once again, with Covid-19 having major effects on the game.
Testing had been taking place once a week at Premier League clubs and cases have largely been in low numbers this season.
However, fear is growing of a rise in players who could test positive and spread the virus, subsequently leading to postponements of games that would play havoc with the fixture calendar.
European leagues are already playing catch up in the 2020/21 campaign following the three-month delay earlier this year between March and June.
With Euro 2020 to come, a year late, in the summer as well as the Olympics, football must be careful to ensure it keeps being played.
As a result, the Daily Mail say Premier League clubs currently in Tier 4 areas will now be tested twice a week, which will be every 72 hours.
Post-Christmas, the rest of England's top league will follow suit.
What the new strain could mean for teams in lower divisions, though, who cannot afford such regular testing remains to be seen.
The FA Cup third round where lower league teams come up against Premier League clubs may well cause problems.
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