With the authorities exploring every avenue to get football safely back underway again, a ‘CLeanTech’ sanitation pod from Hong Kong’s exhibition centre might be of interest.
Current plans are for games to be played behind closed doors in June but when fans are gradually reintroduced, this technology could play a part in limiting the spread of coronavirus.
CLeanTech pods could help prevent the spread of coronavirus when football returns
A screen measures temperature and can detect a viral infection by the reading
The sanitation pod is a three-in-one disinfection machine. Firstly, fans would stand in front of a screen and the computer takes a reading of their temperature.
At that point, if the reading is high and suggests a viral infection, they will be turned away.
If all the measurements look normal, they can proceed to the next stage and move forward into what is called the ‘sanitising tunnel’.
UV light is then used to kill off any other germs on the person’s clothes or belongings and then air-sanitising and purification spray is deployed.
The entire process in the tunnel only takes 12 seconds.
Clubs are planning a return to group training in mid May and the pods could even be helpful at their training grounds.
The authorities are looking into the safest way to gradually reintroduce football in June
Fans are desperate to go to games again but precautions need to be taken
Implementing them on a massive scale could be a stretch too far given the logistical issues at stadiums but the technology will surely be of interest to decision makers.
The French have cancelled Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 and in Holland the top two divisions have also been abandoned.
But there remains a will for the Premier League to reach a conclusion with both the government and footballing authorities working on the safest solutions.