Le Parisien report that French club football’s governing body, the LFP, intend to purchase 50,000 COVID-19 tests, in a bid to get the action back up and running and for teams to be training again from 11th May onwards.
The tests that the LFP intend to acquire are PCR tests, which determine whether a person is COVID-19 positive based on nasopharyngeal sampling, which is the region above the roof of your mouth and the region that your nostrils open into.
The intention would be to undertake these tests daily on Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 club employees, players and staff. Individuals who test positive would be isolated in their homes or a hotel.
This initiative has been evaluated from two sides: either individual clubs purchase the tests or the LFP does – it looks likely that that latter approach will be adopted.
The FFF envisages that teams will require a 4 week “pre-season” before returning to finishing the 2019/20 season from a fitness perspective.
If the option is chosen to centralise the acquisition of the tests, this is because this satisfies several key factors that many in the game are seeking to be met: each club has the same screening process, for the sake of fairness, i.e. no club would be cheating the system and getting an unfair advantage.