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11 minutes ago, Pureblood said:

What are your views on the sporting integrity of this situation?

About as good as your contributions on here....maybe a touch better.

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The Premier League has told its 20 clubs that their Covid-19 testing regime will no longer include twice-weekly PCR tests for players and staff, with a greater reliance on lateral flow tests (LFTs) to keep track of the changing picture of infections.

 

The league’s chief executive Richard Masters wrote to clubs to tell them that, from Thursday, the focus will be on LFTs with players and staff undergoing them the day before matches and on all training days. Anyone returning a positive test will still have to take a laboratory-checked PCR test for confirmation.

 

The switch is in line with the new government policy that will place less emphasis on PCR tests. The Premier League’s clinical oversight group believe that the most effective method of surveilling the infection among players is to use LFTs. The data has shown some PCRs returning positive cases long after the virus has cleared.

 

The clubs were told that the twice-weekly PCRs were no longer providing the benefits they did at the start of the Omicron outbreak.

The Telegraph has reported that across the public government health officials have drawn up plans to restrict PCR tests to those who display symptoms.

 

Under those measures anyone who is asymptomatic - around 40 per cent of cases - will be able to return to work more swiftly. Premier League footballers and staff testing positive will still take a PCR, but will no longer be subject to the mandatory twice-weekly PCR tests.

 

The Premier League is facing a backlog of games because of the postponements over the Christmas period, although for the time being the focus switches to the League Cup semi-finals and the FA Cup third-round weekend. The league fixture schedule does not resume until Tuesday. There are still 19 postponed games on the Premier League’s official fixture list which are yet to be designated a date. As things stand, 91 per cent of fixtures scheduled to date have been fulfilled.

 

The Premier League is still in what it terms “emergency measures” implemented in mid-December which have seen a marked increase in the testing programme and greater restrictions placed on social mixing at training grounds and stadiums. The most recent cohort of 14,250 tests carried out in the period from Dec 27 to Sunday returned 94 new positive cases. That was the first fall in positive cases for eight weeks.

 

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/football/2022/01/05/premier-league-end-twice-weekly-pcr-tests/

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FA have said ALL FA Cup ties involving PL teams this weekend must go ahead irrespect of young player 'experience' criteria. So city's boast their game against League Two Swindon will go ahead despite their 21 covid 'cases' is a smokescreen.

 

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/fa-make-liverpool-shrewsbury-town-22665504

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5 minutes ago, manwiththestick said:

City obviously playing tactical covid once people questioning why they're being less effected than everyone else.

Amazing that there's fa Cup and the winter break on the horizon!  Perfect time to get an " outbreak"! And the whole lot of them too, cheating cunts

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29 minutes ago, niallers said:

Amazing that there's fa Cup and the winter break on the horizon!  Perfect time to get an " outbreak"! And the whole lot of them too, cheating cunts

It all seems very strange. As does Torres testing positive immediately after he leaves them. 

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21 minutes ago, aws said:

It all seems very strange. As does Torres testing positive immediately after he leaves them. 

And it all being disclosed after he tested positive! Prior to that, zip!

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26 minutes ago, aws said:

It all seems very strange. As does Torres testing positive immediately after he leaves them. 

Is that Torres who they almost doubled their money on selling to a skint Barcelona despite doing next to nothing at City?

 

Columbo would have a field day with that shower.

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I am really curious about the testing procedures. Is it the Premier League which gets players tested or do the clubs have their own personnel performing the tests?

 

Because if the PL clubs have been left to do their own tests all along, it is easy to have a situation in which City didnt report any outbreak for weeks. And then suddenly during a convenient break from PL games, they report 21 first teamers and staff are positive.

 

For the purposes of integrity, it would have made more sense to have neutral people hired by the PL to do the tests at each club. If that's not the way it's already been done, then the PL have been naive.

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14 minutes ago, Supremolad said:

I am really curious about the testing procedures. Is it the Premier League which gets players tested or do the clubs have their own personnel performing the tests?

 

Because if the PL clubs have been left to do their own tests all along, it is easy to have a situation in which City didnt report any outbreak for weeks. And then suddenly during a convenient break from PL games, they report 21 first teamers and staff are positive.

 

For the purposes of integrity, it would have made more sense to have neutral people hired by the PL to do the tests at each club. If that's not the way it's already been done, then the PL have been naive.

Might be bullshit but I got a taxi home on Xmas night and the lad driving ( Delta ) said he had picked up testing kits from Virgil and Thiago's houses over the previous few days , so if true it sounds like a local thing and assume the club is getting them done.

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7 minutes ago, sir roger said:

Might be bullshit but I got a taxi home on Xmas night and the lad driving ( Delta ) said he had picked up testing kits from Virgil and Thiago's houses over the previous few days , so if true it sounds like a local thing and assume the club is getting them done.

 

A Delta taxi driver? 

Talking utter shit? 

 

No chance. 

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44 minutes ago, sir roger said:

Might be bullshit but I got a taxi home on Xmas night and the lad driving ( Delta ) said he had picked up testing kits from Virgil and Thiago's houses over the previous few days , so if true it sounds like a local thing and assume the club is getting them done.

Fucking alehouse club, using taxi drivers to deliver testing kits to players supposedly in bubbles? FSG out!

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36 minutes ago, dockers_strike said:

Fucking alehouse club, using taxi drivers to deliver testing kits to players supposedly in bubbles? FSG out!

Ha ha , no he was picking them up and had to do the hokey cokey thing you do with Amazon and standing back while they laid them on the ground and then picked them up when they closed the door. Said Virgil came to the door himself and  ' is even more handsome close up ' but disappointingly a young lady passed Thiago's box on.

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Glenn Hoddle and Danny Murphy have launched into a scathing attack on the decision to postpone the match against Arsenal, stating that earlier rounds cancelled resulted in teams being booted out of the competition.

 

Where were they when united and city were cancelling matches?

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29 minutes ago, Shooter in the Motor said:

Glenn Hoddle and Danny Murphy have launched into a scathing attack on the decision to postpone the match against Arsenal, stating that earlier rounds cancelled resulted in teams being booted out of the competition.

 

Where were they when united and city were cancelling matches?

Thought it was Danny Mills & Hoddle? Maybe Murphy has since waded in?

 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-10372787/Glenn-Hoddle-slams-decision-postpone-Liverpools-Carabao-Cup-clash-Arsenal-Covid.html

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A fair point raised by Hasenhüttl? It definitely would give teams like Newcastle an unfair advantage if they can play a rearranged game in March with loads of new players, all settled in. 

 

But, as we're unlikely to win the league, nobody will class this season as one with an asterisk next to it. 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/jan/07/southampton-hasenhuttl-ban-new-signings-from-rearranged-games-premier-league

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33 minutes ago, dockers_strike said:

It was Danny Mills. Shows the number of ‘pundits’ has begun to make them interchangeable. Would love to see a full list of former players who now infiltrate our homes through the gogglebox…

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Hoddle still sulking about us beating Spurs in the Champions League final. Selfish us for not just sending out our under 7 team or forfeiting the fixture to gift Arsenal a place in the final. That's obviously what sporting integrity means to Hoddle. Saw a headline about it saying 'Hoddle just saying what other people are thinking.' Seeing as this country seems to be full of thick, nasty little fuckers these days I guess it's probably an accurate headline. 

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27 minutes ago, Nelly-Torres said:

A fair point raised by Hasenhüttl? It definitely would give teams like Newcastle an unfair advantage if they can play a rearranged game in March with loads of new players, all settled in. 

 

But, as we're unlikely to win the league, nobody will class this season as one with an asterisk next to it. 

 

https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/jan/07/southampton-hasenhuttl-ban-new-signings-from-rearranged-games-premier-league

I think he's spot on. I remember when cantona was suspended for a game against us then Sky moved the game to the Sunday, the day after the ban ended so he could play. Of course united and ferguson had no role in this except the player was fully fit to play.

 

You cant play cup tied players in domestic cup ties. Where games have been postponed and a club signs players after, they shouldnt be eligible to play in the re arranged game.

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1 hour ago, Shooter in the Motor said:

Glenn Hoddle and Danny Murphy have launched into a scathing attack on the decision to postpone the match against Arsenal, stating that earlier rounds cancelled resulted in teams being booted out of the competition.

 

Where were they when united and city were cancelling matches?

Another pair of morons who haven’t read the postponement rules.

 

EDIT: Just seen it was Mills. The point stands and now has even more authority.

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