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Laois footballer calls for routine Covid-19 testing of players ahead of inter-county resumption

Gary Walsh

A Laois footballer has called for the introduction of Covid-19 testing for players ahead of the resumption of inter-county action.

Ballylinan forward Gary Walsh took to Twitter to make the call – less than 10 days before games are due to begin again.

Citing positive results in professional rugby set ups such as Munster recently, Walsh says that bringing in testing would give players ‘some piece of mind’.

He said: “I’m in favour of Inter County C/Ship however professional set ups, ie Munster Rugby, (are) unable to control virus spread even though daily testing was in place.

“Testing surly a minimum to give players some piece of mind.

“Player welfare before TV deals please.”

Presently, all four rugby provinces, Leinster, Munster, Ulster and Connacht, are undergoing routine testing.

While so too are all League of Ireland soccer teams – with a positive case in the St Patrick’s Athletic camp resulting in their game tonight with Dundalk being postponed. 

The inter-county game in football and hurling is set to resume from Saturday October 17.

The Laois footballers are due to take on Westmeath in Division 2 of the league on that day in Mullingar.

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