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‘First tentative moves’ towards resumption of 2019/2020 Premier League season

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Premier clubs made no definitive decisions today on restarting the season but remain dedicated on doing so when Government advice allows, stating: “The clubs reconfirmed their commitment to finishing the 2019/20 season, maintaining integrity of the competition and welcomed the Government’s support.”

The Government medical working group for a return of elite sport met for the first time this morning. “‘Project Restart’ was the main topic in the latest conference call with different options being discussed, such as; behind-closed-doors matches in ‘approved’ stadiums or neutral venues as well as how players can return to full training and what will need to happen inside each training ground.

In a statement released by the Premier League on their website, it read: “At a meeting of Premier League Shareholders today, clubs discussed possible steps towards planning to resume the 2019/20 season, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”

They reiterated that their thoughts are with all those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the Premier League’s priority is the health and safety of players, coaches, managers, club staff, supporters and the wider community.

“The League and clubs are considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with Government guidance, under expert medical advice and after consultation with players and managers.”

“No decisions were taken at today’s Shareholders’ meeting and clubs exchanged views on the information provided regarding Project Restart. It was agreed that the PFA, LMA, players and managers are key to this process and will be further consulted.”

“The League welcomed the creation of the Government medical working group for a return of elite sport, which met for the first time this morning.”

“No decisions were taken at today’s Shareholders’ meeting and clubs exchanged views on the information provided regarding Project Restart. It was agreed that the PFA, LMA, players and managers are key to this process and will be further consulted.”

The Premier League director of football, Richard Garlick, drafted a proposal in the ‘Project Restart’ document but a return to training will only happen with the agreement of the government.

The plans also include testing all players and officials 48 hours before returning to training and they will also be tested for potential respiratory problems associated with coronavirus.

Some of the rules being considered are; banning spitting at training grounds and wearing mouth-protective clothing like snood/masks at all times.

Sources: Sky Sports News and Premier League website.

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