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Football clubs considering Covid-19 rule loophole by classifying team meals as BUSINESS MEETINGS


Premier League and EFL clubs considering Covid-19 rule loophole by classifying team meals as BUSINESS MEETINGS after players were banned from eating as a group at hotels

  • Football clubs are considering a loophole to get around their team meal ban 
  • Clubs have been told they must not eat as a group in hotels for away games
  • But they could classify them as business meetings to get around the rule 

Football clubs may use a loophole in Covid-19 rules to ensure they can have team meals at hotels during lockdown.

As Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday, clubs were frustrated after being banned from eating as a group at hotels until December 2.

However, the Premier League and EFL have informed their members that classifying team meals as business meetings could provide a way around the Covid-19 restrictions on away trips.

Football clubs are considering classifying team meals as business meetings for away games

Football clubs are considering classifying team meals as business meetings for away games

Elite sports teams could then meet in a private room and be served food, even while hotel bars and restaurants are closed.

Clubs now face a scramble to find external caterers who are still working during lockdown. 

An official at one Championship side said: ‘It’s all a bit silly. We’re going to make sure we have flipcharts and ringbinders on our next trip, in case anyone starts asking questions.’

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport led by Oliver Dowden (above) has warned clubs they must not seek alternatives to room service in hotels

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport led by Oliver Dowden (above) has warned clubs they must not seek alternatives to room service in hotels

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