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6 January 2021

Paul Paxford

Cambridge United can confirm that following the mandatory COVID-19 testing put in place across the EFL earlier this week, all results have returned negative for the Football Club’s first team players and staff.

With national lockdown measures imposed today and in order to curb the transmission of the virus among members of the Football League, the EFL mandated that all teams across the Championship, League One and League Two were tested on the first day of training this week.

The Football Club have now received all results for first team players and staff working in close proximity of the first team - which returned entirely negative.

Meanwhile, Club CEO Ian Mather has joined fellow EFL clubs in supporting the view that regular testing should take place providing that the funding to do so is put in place by the PFA to protect their members.

Speaking to the Guardian, Mather said: “Currently we’re not planning for a weekly testing regime and quite frankly we couldn’t afford it.

“I think there needs to be another stream of funding [for testing]. I think the obvious funding source is the PFA. If you do a back-of-the-envelope calculation it might cost £5m to do testing every week to the end of the season in the EFL. That’s about 10% of the PFA’s reserves. I think they’re the obvious group to fund it. They’ve got the resources to do it, it’s a player welfare issue.”

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