The Association of Spanish Footballers (AFE) reported that conducting tests to detect Covid-19 “will be mandatory for footballers in Second B, Third Division, First and Second female” and that “said tests will be carried out between 72 and 48 hours before the official matches that will be played throughout the 2020-2021 season, “he said in a statement.

The soccer players’ union explained that “these developments are included in the framework of the agreement between the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and AFE in terms of aid for the current season for clubs in state and non-professional competitions through of the fund in which AFE is going to participate “.

The measure comes after the AFE board of directors approved to allocate 640,000 euros “to provide tests to the footballers of these categories. In the aforementioned agreement it has been decided to modify the reinforced protocol of the RFEF”, says the letter.

The union also insists “together with other organizations and the RFEF itself” on “the need for the obligation to carry out tests before all matches. With the agreement reached with the RFEF, it has been possible to modify this reinforced protocol and establish the realization of said tests for the soccer players of these four competitions before playing the matches “.

In this way, the Association points out that “as contemplated in this modified protocol, the RFEF will centralize the purchase and distribution of the tests” and recalls that “as it was established in its last board of directors meeting, it will return to study at the end of the year the possibility of expanding the economic allocation to guarantee the health of the soccer players in these categories depending on the evolution of the pandemic ”

AFE also highlighted that “it has already contributed nearly 2 million euros to protect footballers during the pandemic, after providing 1,261,320 euros to the aid and emergency fund approved in May.”