Maximum £25,000 fines for Premier League clubs with Covid-19 protocols
Premier League clubs will only be fined a maximum of £25,000 if they breach the competition’s new coronavirus protocols
- The Premier League have dispatched so-called ‘snoop squads’ to every club
- They monitor training as they have returned to full contact over past fortnight
- Sportsmail has learned that their powers of enforcement are extremely limited
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Premier League clubs will only be fined a maximum of £25,000 if they breach the competition’s new Covid-19 protocols.
The Premier League have dispatched so-called ‘snoop squads’ to every club to monitor training as they have returned to full contact over the past fortnight, but Sportsmail has learned that their powers of enforcement are extremely limited.
The compliance officers are believed to be doing an extremely thorough job — for example, measuring the distance between cars and ordering clubs to wash the gates of their training grounds — but they are slightly hamstrung by the lack of a meaningful deterrent.
Premier League’s coronavirus snoop squad are on the prowl at club’s training ground facilities
Premier League clubs will be fined maximum of £25,000 if they breach Covid-19 protocols
Sportsmail has been told that some compliance officers have expressed frustration that they were not dispatched several weeks ago to monitor training when there were rumours of a number of clubs doing group work before it was permitted — which would have been a breach of the protocols.
With full-contact training now allowed, ahead of the planned resumption of the season on June 17, some of the inspectors have even told clubs there is little point in their visits. They feel the only area in which clubs could break the rules would be if players ate together in the canteen after training.
The Premier League have yet to be informed of a single breach of the protocols and are confident the clubs will stick to the rules as it is in their best interests.
As a result there are no plans to increase the existing maximum £25,000 fine. Any club who breach the rules will effectively be increasing the risk to their own players, and potentially weakening their squad for when the season resumes later this month.
Everything is sanitised by a staff member before a training session at Melwood training ground
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