Amid the coronavirus pandemic, Premier League clubs have unanimously voted in support of resuming football training in small groups, as a full fledged return to football draws nearer.
Representatives of all 20 clubs, league officials, and medical experts had a virtual meeting on Monday, in which they all agreed that training should resume soon.
Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says that the results of the first batch of Covid-19 tests will be available Tuesday, and once that is set, training can begin.
He however, also stated that about the league resuming on June 12, certain factors like players’ fitness levels will be taken into consideration.
“I think once you know when you can start full contact training, and we’ve had a proper discussion about clubs over how much is required to create the fitness levels before they can start playing, you’re then in a position to confirm when the season start date is.
“We haven’t changed the start date; we have to be flexible about it. What we don’t want to do is continually to move that start date. So, we haven’t changed it but we need to be flexible and acknowledge we’re in a step-by-step process.”
A statement by the Premier League reads: “This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the government.
“Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible.
“The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.Photo Credit: Getty