Premier League Clubs to Resume Training
Premier League clubs voted concurrently on Wednesday to resume contact training as the English top-flight carried a significant step towards restarting in June.
The Premier League was set on hold in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Liverpool just two wins away from sealing the title. Clubs returned to practice in small and socially distanced assemblies last week, but they have led to stage two of the “return to training protocol”.
“Premier League stockholders today voted unanimously to continue contact training, marking another move towards restarting the Premier League season when safe to do so,” the league stated in a statement. “Teams are now ready to exercise as a group and involve in tackling while reducing any unnecessary close contact.”
The arrangement was made following discussion with clubs, players, managers and the administration. Clubs that have previously completed the required risk assessments are supposed to go to the new phase as early as Thursday.
A series of issues, including the restart date and procedures in the situation of curtailment, will be addressed when the 20 Premier League clubs meet again on Thursday. A targeted return date of June 12 — behind closed doors — was represented by Premier League chief executive Richard Masters last week as a “staging post”.
Members and coaches have claimed they will need more time to decrease the risk of injuries after such a long lay-off. And some athletes have talked fears over their protection and that of their families due to the disease.
Germany’s Bundesliga, the first of Europe’s big five leagues to return, will complete its third round of fixtures behind closed doors on Wednesday evening and there has been little player hostility to La Liga’s plans to return in Spain from June 11.