MIAMI, Fla. (27 April 2020) —
The English Football League has warned that football cannot resume before adequate testing arrangements are in place for coronavirus, and that cannot come at the expense of front-line workers.
After reports have emerged in recent days that the Premier League has stepped up planning for a return behind closed doors as early as June, the EFL responded, restating its own position and the fact that it remains unchanged as it looks to find a way to resume play as soon as possible.
In a official communication from league headquarters, the EFL said:
“Clearly, before any return to football can take place, suitable testing arrangements for participants must be in place and this is core to our current planning, as is ensuring there is absolutely no negative impact on the country’s front-line workers, the emergency services, league and club staff members.”
Elsewhere in England — Players Accept Salary Cut at Aston Villa
An agreement was reached among Aston Villa’s players, first-team coaches and senior management to defer 25 per cent of their salaries over the next four months. Under the terms of the deal with the squad and the club said it will not furlough staff as the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak continues.
Villa currently sit in 19th place in the Premier League table. Before play was stopped, they had been on very poor run of form, winning only 1 of their last 6 games. Their last outing ended in a 4-0 thrashing by Leicester City.
Chief executive Christian Purslow said: “Our players and staff feel great solidarity with the many clubs in the football pyramid who have financial problems and we believe it is right and proper that the Premier League as a whole takes action on its finances collectively to enable it to be able to continue to provide vital funding throughout the game in England.”