Premier League players must present a ‘clinical passport’ to demonstrate that they do not have a coronavirus before playing.
All players and staff from Manchester City, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Sheffield United will use the new system tonight as top-tier soccer in England returns for the first time in nearly three months.
Each of the players will have a unique code on their phone, which will be scanned as a barcode to show that they tested negative for Covid-19.
The £ 4 million system was created by the Hong Kong-based company Prenetics.
So 8,687 coronavirus tests were performed at all Premier League clubs, with 16 positive results.
In the last round of testing, two people in Norwich City tested positive.
In a statement, the Premier League side said: “In accordance with Premier League protocols, the player will self-isolate for a period of seven days before being reassessed at a later date.
“The player must return a negative test result before training can resume.
“The club will not name the player in question and asks that his request for privacy and confidentiality be respected at this time.”
The clínico clinical passport ’could also be a way to allow fans to return to games, Sky Sports reports.
Avi Lasarow, Executive Director of Prenetics for the EMEA region, said: “I think it is going to be a huge game changer in terms of linking the results of the Covid-19 tests… to a digital access mechanism based on biometrics and other similar factors.
“With any innovation, you’re always thinking about what the end goal is … in the world of sports it’s about getting fans back to the stadium.”
“You can see a position where fans scan their health passport information very securely to determine if their test is valid and they have a negative Covid-19 result.”
Fans will not be able to enter the grounds for the remainder of the 2019/20 season.