The Premier League's 'Project Restart' proposal has come under fresh scrutiny after clubs were told to expect coronavirus test results back within 24 hours.
Top-flight footballers are due to be tested for the virus next Thursday, and will learn of their result the following day.
Meanwhile key workers, including those battling the virus on the frontline for the NHS, have been told they will hear back between 48-72 hours after being tested.
Those working in social care and people over the age of 65 have also been given the same timeframe, suggesting footballers are getting preferential treatment.
As reported by The Telegraph, the UK's former director of public health in the North West, John Ashton, has now questioned how the Premier League are getting results back so quickly.
"I don’t think we should be doing this until everybody has a level playing field," Ashton said. "If football can get results in this amount of time, then why can’t everybody else?"
The Premier League are arranging for each club to be set up with their own testing station from next Thursday, with other facilities being provided in private locations.
Biotechnology firm Prenetics will be administering the tests after agreeing a £4million deal with the Premier League.
Some clubs have already reopened their training grounds, but social distancing restrictions are still in place, and each player is only undertaking individual workouts.
Group sessions are not currently prohibited, and clubs are waiting on the coronavirus tests before giving each player a full fitness examination.
Things such as heart rate checks cannot be done until players have been cleared of being free from Covid-19.
Further discussions are due to be held regarding player welfare and safety in Monday's showdown meeting between Premier League bosses.
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