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Coronavirus testing costly and confusing, says Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony


Darragh MacAnthony

Peterborough are at the 2nd sixth in League One with 11 video games final

Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony says the cost and confusion of avid gamers being examined for coronavirus has made it a “frustrating 24 hours”.

All elite football in Britain has been suspended till at the least 3 April as a outcomes of the pandemic.

Two Posh avid gamers are self-surroundings apart after exhibiting symptoms of the respiratory disease.

“I approved us spending conclude to £6,000 – the attempting out kits were £150 every, which is wrathful,” said MacAnthony.

“It is loopy. We are going to take a look at the avid gamers in isolation at the coaching ground and this is prone to be 48 hours earlier than all of us know if anybody has it.

“Then we can thought for what we waste for the following couple of weeks. We aloof non-public extremely paid athletes that might perchance well simply aloof be saved finely tuned and they’d well simply aloof be coaching.”

It has, in step with MacAnthony, been a fancy and complex job, with the club in the initiating unable to procure out how to behavior coronavirus tests, no matter contacting their doctor and their deepest health insurers.

“I have been scrambling around, as has our chief executive,” MacAnthony added.

“In the end I told him to ring Chelsea, Everton, Arsenal and even Millwall, who I deem were also doing attempting out, factual to salvage an conception of how we can waste attempting out all the plot via the board. Within the pause a deepest company was as soon as referred to us.

“Our avid gamers are all back in coaching subsequent week and the closing thing we would like is a player who has it passing it to all of the avid gamers and crew.”

‘Ending season is simplest solution’

Peterborough at the 2nd acquire the final play-off space in League One and non-public 11 fixtures final, however there is uncertainty over when these fixtures might perchance well simply moreover be fulfilled.

On the alternative hand, MacAnthony says the likelihood of the season being abandoned is distant.

“I do know everybody is ‘oh abolish the season’ – now we non-public to make a decision down on that. We’re a prolonged system from that. The season has to be done for the integrity of our game.

“It can well perchance also simply moreover be completed even when now we non-public to lengthen subsequent season and push it further down the line. That is the highest solution.

“Cancelling leagues, promotions, relegations is factual no longer feasible because when this virus passes and regular life resumes that will factual be a few court cases.”

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