Frank Lampard says he hopes that the Premier League would come to the assistance of infected EFL teams with the coronavirus continuously straining the English game.
The Chelsea manager called for a discussion on the football pyramid’s financial support, arguing that the big clubs “have a heart,” and the grassroots game became more distant as fans were able to return to matches due to the infections.
In the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, Chelsea played Barnsley and Lampard revealed that his club had arranged for the Championship side to screen their players for Covid-19 before the match.
With Leyton Orient already forced to postpone their match against Tottenham because of many positive tests, and West Ham’s David Moyes testing positive just minutes before his side’s Tuesday match with Hull, both parties are waiting for the results.
“In football, if you’re concerned about how Premier League teams can help those in the leagues lower down, we’ve paid for the Barnsley studies,” Lampard said, The Guardian says.
“It’s a hallmark of a club doing the right thing in the Premier League.”I think the Premier League must look at the EFL, the leagues below, and grassroots football as a community. That is the foundation of why we are all here. I began and [a lot] of the young players began out in the Sunday football league. In the Championship, I handled. I understand a lot of the struggles … There are bars, so I think there will probably be a discussion.”
“Because I don’t know anything about the figures, I can’t get too strategic, but I do think clubs in the Premier League and the Super League have a heart for themselves. They understand [the situation] and I’m sure they will make good moves on that front as we move forward.”