EXCLUSIVE: Premier League stars could soon drive to matches in their own cars after EFL players were urged to do so amid fears that team coaches could act as hotspots for spreading during the Omicron crisis
- EFL advises players to travel to matches in their own cars due to Covid fears
- Huddersfield arrived at Burnley for the FA Cup draw in a car convoy on Saturday
- Premier League clubs traveling to away matches used two coaches
Footballers have been urged to attend matches in their own cars as part of Omicron’s plans to tackle the crisis.
The EFL is advising players to attend matches and the Premier League, which recorded 72 new positive cases last week, could follow suit as coaches could be fertile ground for the rapidly spreading Covid variant.
Clubs outside of the top flight have been urged to tell their players to use their own cars whenever possible, with medical advisers saying anything over 15 minutes on the coach could quickly increase the risk of infection.
Premier League stars such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be invited to attend matches
Some have already followed the advice. The Huddersfield Town Championship team arrived at Burnley in a convoy of cars ahead of Saturday’s FA Cup victory and did the same for the trip to Blackburn Rovers earlier this month.
When journeys are about an hour or less, taking individual vehicles is considered a viable and sensible option.
It is understood that Premier League clubs traveling to matches may soon run tests before players embark on the return trip, as planes also fear planes may also serve as spray hotspots.
Players would not be allowed to have teammates in the same car to travel to matches
Premier League clubs traveling to away games have used two coaches to allow distancing throughout the pandemic and continue to do so.
Last month it emerged that EFL clubs were required to group players onto team coaches based on their Covid status in an attempt to stop Omicron from wreaking havoc on the fixture list. , with separate areas for those who are boosted, doubled or single vaccinated, and not stung.
Carpooling is prohibited and regular stops to allow players to get off the bus to get some fresh air have been advised.