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PFA to fund coronavirus checks for EFL golf equipment

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The Professional Football Association has announced that it will fund weekly checks to help EFL clubs comply with coronavirus protocols.

A number of games in the EFL in the past few weeks have had to be postponed due to coronavirus infections among player squads, and there have been concerns that as national cases increase, more games may be at risk.

There was also controversy over the weekend over Tranmere, whose EFL chairman Mark Palios said they would have to play their League Two game in Salford despite two players testing positive for coronavirus and another four being forced to self-isolate.

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PFA funding does not cover additional COVID testing, but it does allow security professionals to visit the clubs' training grounds and stadiums

Funding from the players 'union, which has not been disclosed but is considered substantial, will allow experts from the Sports Field Safety Authority to visit the clubs' training grounds and stadiums to ensure protocol compliance.

It is understood that the funding will not fund additional testing but will still be of great help to EFL clubs dealing with the prolonged absence of spectators.

Gordon Taylor, CEO of PFA, said, "The PFA is committed to paying for audits for the remainder of the season and will work closely with the EFL to ensure the clubs can continue to perform their games."

"From the start of the COVID outbreak, concerns for the wellbeing of players and all club staff have remained a top priority for the PFA."

David Baldwin, CEO of EFL said, "To ensure the protection of players and club staff, we would like to introduce visits to assist clubs in assessing compliance with their own operational plans and risks.

"With the funding from the PFA, we can not only highlight the positive aspects of the protocols, but also pick up areas for improvement in order to continue the fulfillment of the games in the 2020/21 season."

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