EPL Steps Up Plans To Restart In Neutral Stadiums In June
May 1, 2020, 11:07 AM | Updated: Jun 8, 2020, 12:02 pm
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MANCHESTER, Engalnd (AP) — The English Premier League has held separate talks with the government and its clubs to discuss medical and logistical measures that could allow players to resume training as it accelerates plans to try to restart.
Players at some clubs returned to training grounds this week for individual fitness work but Britain remains in a national lockdown until next Thursday.
At a meeting of Shareholders, clubs discussed possible steps to resume the 2019/20 season
The League and clubs will only return to training and playing with Government guidance, under expert advice and after consultation with players and managers
— Premier League (@premierleague) May 1, 2020
Forms of social distancing will remain in place even if the lockdown is eased, but clubs are hoping squad trainings can begin within weeks. That would require the league to buy thousands of COVID-19 tests so players and coaches can be regularly checked, but there are still shortages of them in wider society.
The aim is to resume the league in June without spectators.
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