PFA to provide funding to support EFL COVID-19 Testing Protocols

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The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) has agreed to provide funding to the EFL to support Clubs in auditing EFL COVID-19 protocols at training grounds and matchday stadiums for the remainder of the 2020/2021 season.

The latest developments and funding from the PFA will continue to help safeguard players and club staff, in addition to assisting the EFL and its Clubs to uphold their high safety standards and protocols with an external team to be engaged to conduct checks at EFL Clubs.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently outlined a range of new restrictions for the country, which included confirmation that plans to allow fans to return to sport from 1st October would not go ahead.

The implications of the loss of gate receipts has, and will continue to, place a considerable financial strain on Clubs, which has now resulted in a collaborative and combined approach between the EFL, PFA and the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) to testing across the Sky Bet Championship, League One and League Two.

PFA Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor OBE, stated: “The PFA has committed to pay for audits for the remainder of the season and will work closely with the EFL to ensure that clubs can continue to fulfil their fixtures.

“From the outset of the COVID outbreak, the concerns for the welfare and safety of players and all club staff has remained the PFA’s top priority.”