#SPORTS: English Premier League clubs sets date to resume training for football restart
The English Premier League moved a step closer to the return of football as Premier League Shareholders on Monday voted unanimously to return to small group training from tomorrow afternoon, May 19, 2020.
According to the premier league statement, this has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the Government.
Clubs are to commence training from tomorrow while adhering to social distancing with the hope that competitive football will resume in mid – June.
A Premier League statement said:
“Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to return to small group training from tomorrow afternoon — the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so”.
“Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted”.
“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 well-being of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process. Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed”.
Despite this decision for clubs to resume training, no date has yet been set to restart football. However, the Premier League and EFL Championship — English football’s second tier are committed to playing the season to a conclusion on the pitch with or without fans cheering them. But, EFL League 2 has called a halt to their season, with League 1 expected to follow suit.
English professional football has been suspended since March 13, 2020 due to the emergence of coronavirus pandemic. With the German Bundesliga returning to action last weekend, English clubs are looking at the prospect of resuming football and playing league games till the end of the 2019 /2020 season. However, Premier League clubs have not been able to agree on a date to resume their season because of disagreements ranging from venues for games, safety issues and the prospect of relegation. But the clubs are to converge again next Tuesday to discuss plans as they try to finalise a date for competitive action to resume.