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Dundalk Players Tested for Covid-19 as FAI’s Pilot Programme Gets Underway

First Team News
// 26 May 2020

Each member of the Dundalk squad, along with Vinny Perth and his backroom team, were tested for COVID-19 on Monday morning as part of the FAI’s return to football initiative.

The pilot programme, which also involves Shamrock Rovers, Derry City and Bohemians, will, hopefully, plot a course for Irish football to safely return by the end of August.

Each of those clubs will return to training on June 8th ahead of a four-team tournament in the summer which will also give them some competitive action ahead of their respective European qualifiers.

Speaking in our latest episode of ‘Dundalk FC: Home Check-in’, Perth described the testing procedure and said that the results would be available in the next couple of days.

“It went really well,” he said. “It was a drive-through test. Everyone drove in and got tested underneath the YDC building and then drove off.

“It’s effectively a swab of your throat. It was quite uncomfortable but it only lasted maybe 15 to 25 seconds and then it was over. It was nothing major.

“It’s something that has to be done. It would be great of the whole community could be tested but we’re part of a pilot scheme and we’re very thankful for the FAI and the government backing on this to help sport get back as quickly as possible.”

As well as the COVID testing, the Dundalk manager also spoke about a number of other topics which are listed below.

🔘 COVID-19 testing
🔘 Oriel changes
🔘 Return to training
🔘 Return to football?
🔘 Football without fans

You can watch the full interview on the Dundalk FC YouTube page.

Dundalk manager Vinny Perth in action at Muirhevnamor FC’s Run 24 on Sunday. Picture: Ben McShane/Sportsfile