Premier League teams should be vaccinated against COVID-19 so the money saved from twice-weekly testing can be invested in the country’s National Health Service (NHS) instead, Burnley manager Sean Dyche said on Thursday.

Top-flight clubs’ players and staff are being tested twice a week after a highly infectious variant of the virus led to a surge in infections across the country and forced the government to announce a new national lockdown.

“You look at the amount spent on testing in the Premier League, then that money could be channelled back into the NHS and into the vaccination system, surely that’s a better place to be than just continually testing footballers two-three times a week,” Dyche told reporters.

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