Ipswich boss Paul Lambert says the shortage of Covid-19 testing within the EFL is “placing folks’s lives in danger” after he examined constructive for the virus.
Lambert is certainly one of eight folks on the membership to have had a constructive Covid check.
The EFL has competition-wide testing at completely different instances all through the season with the following spherical scheduled for the week commencing 4 January.
“It is the protocols which have anxious me greater than the rest,” Lambert instructed BBC Sport.
“I feel you are placing folks’s lives in danger by not getting them examined recurrently. It has been stunning.
“I do know associates in Bundesliga 3, which is the equal of League One, and so they’ve been examined over 50 instances since they have been again in pre-season.
“With out our proprietor, who has paid for 2 out of his personal pocket, we would have been all the way down to about six testings which is nowhere close to sufficient.”
Previous to Lambert’s feedback, the EFL mentioned it might be “reviewing and strengthening” coronavirus protocols over the Christmas interval “to assist minimise transmission danger” and that gamers and employees exhibiting signs would proceed to be examined.
Revised protocols are more likely to cowl time spent in any indoor surroundings being saved to an absolute minimal, the usage of gyms, altering and catering amenities and a number of coaches or particular person automotive use being advisable for journey to matches.
Steering may even stress the necessity to restrict social contact with anybody exterior of a family bubble over Christmas.
Together with Lambert, six gamers on the League One membership and head of soccer operations Lee O’Neill have examined constructive for coronavirus and Town’s next two games have been postponed.
The EFL declined to remark additional in response to Lambert.
‘Liverpool or Ipswich, we’re all preventing the identical virus’
Premier League gamers in tier four areas will likely be examined twice per week as quickly as it’s doable to take action.
Gamers within the high flight have been examined on a weekly foundation for the reason that begin of the 2020-21 season and elevated testing will likely be expanded to golf equipment in lower-tier areas from January.
“We have been left on the market to fend for ourselves,” Lambert added.
“I feel if in case you have a protocol with the Premier League and the Championship, everybody else ought to observe swimsuit.
“It is one governing physique. No matter whether or not you are Liverpool or Ipswich City, it is the identical virus all people is having to combat right here.”
‘Circuit breaker would take stress off’
Earlier on Tuesday, Ipswich physio Matt Byard recommended a “circuit breaker” to permit English soccer to fight the brand new pressure of coronavirus.
In addition to the postponement of City’s subsequent two matches, Byard thinks longer-term motion might have to be taken and fears extra constructive outcomes when gamers are retested on Wednesday.
Lambert agrees a break would “take the stress off” however says he would solely do it “if all people else was doing the identical”.
“The Premier League is the principle league,” he mentioned. “No matter that does, all people follows swimsuit. However for some cause the EFL will not be corresponding in any respect.
“We’re one governing physique, we play the identical sport, we should be handled the identical with testing.
“Should you do not, issues like this are going to occur an increasing number of.”
Championship side Millwall and League One rivals Peterborough and Sunderland have additionally already postponed elements of their Christmas fixture programmes due to coronavirus circumstances.
Portsmouth have reported constructive outcomes and are retesting their squad, whereas League Two facet Exeter City said on Tuesday that though one participant and one member of employees had examined constructive, the membership had been “making ready for the upcoming festive fixtures as regular”.