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Britain eyes mid-June for Premier League Return

Britain eyes mid-June for Premier League Return

Britain’s Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is confident the Premier League can return by mid-June despite concerns put by players and coaches over the need for an extended duration of training before competitions restart.

Premier League clubs are meeting on Monday to sign off on protocols that will enable a return to training this week while having social distancing guidelines.

The last top-flight game in England was on March 9, and Newcastle manager Steve Bruce stated on Sunday his athletes could “fall like a deck of cards” with injuries if competitions return before the end of June.

In England, Raheem Sterling also displayed his concern at a swift turnaround among a resumption of practice and playing matches.

West Ham United’s Mark Noble scores his side’s first goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Watford and West Ham United, at Vicarage Road, in Watford, England, Sunday, May 12, 2019. Image Source: AP

The Premier League has reportedly been steering for a return on June 12. Dowden asked public safety to continue the priority but expects that a restart is only about a month.

“I had some very constructive conversations on Thursday with the FA, the EFL (English Football League) and the Premier League,” Dowden reported Sky News on Monday.

“We are working actively with them to attempt and get it back, trying for mid-June, but the topmost test is public protection.”

They, like several other sports we’re looking at returning behind closed doors, have coincided with Public Health England numerous times to watch at the safety.

“If we can sort that out, then we will look to resume by mid-June. We’re making good progress.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told parliament last week that the return of games on TV would “produce a much-needed boost to national morale.”

Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, center, and his teammates celebrate at the end of the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, May 16, 2020. The German Bundesliga becomes the world’s first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. Dortmund won 4-0. Image Source: AP

The resumption of Germany’s Bundesliga over the weekend has increased expectations that the Premier League can reflect suit despite the drastically changed scale of the health conditions in both countries.

In the UK, the government’s official rolling tally of deaths is nearing 35,000 related to just below 8,000 in Germany.

Nonetheless, the Bundesliga is demonstrating a test case for the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart.’

English clubs opposed to a proposal for the remaining 92 matches of the campaign to be played at neutral venues will have been encouraged to have no critical problems with fans turning up near stadiums in Germany for the restart.

Leverkusen’s players joke during the half-time break at the German Bundesliga soccer match between Werder Bremen and Bayer Leverkusen 04 in Bremen, Germany, Monday, May 18, 2020. The German Bundesliga becomes the world’s first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. Image Source: AP

Premier League players can return to non-contact practice later in the week if the obligations are passed in Monday’s meeting.

However, former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro notified of the risks being taken with athletes’ health without understanding the outcomes COVID-19 could have on competitors.

“We utterly do not know how the virus attacks players,” stated Dr. Carneiro.

“From my knowledge, football does not have a culture of welcoming and adopting medical governance which, now more than ever, is needed to assure compliance. It is not only in the short-term but also the medium and long term when fatigue with the new protocols sets in.”

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