One of the most followed clubs of the Premier League, Manchester United, has urged its fans to stay away from Old Trafford, their home stadium. Manchester United has pleaded this to its fans as football in England eyes return after the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic for almost about 2 months. In a meeting on Monday, all the Premier League clubs have agreed to resume training from Tuesday (May 19).
Premier League CEO, Richard Masters says they expect to have the first batch of COVID-19 test results by 2 pm on Tuesday and training can start to begin once that happens. Masters also stated there remains flexibility over the league resuming on June 12, and players’ fitness levels will be taken into consideration when that decision is made.
Now that official confirmation has been made by the PremierLeague, Manchester United has issued a statement urging the fans to stay away from Old Trafford.
Manchester United Urge Fans To Stay Away From Old Trafford
Manchester United wrote to season ticket holders to say “we share your disappointment that you will not be able to watch United in person from within the stadium, but we would encourage you to give your continued loyal support from the comfort and safety of your home.”
Premier League Training Guidelines To Remain Strict
In preparation for training in small groups to resume, Premier League clubs have been:
- Disinfecting all training equipment including balls at their training grounds.
- Delivering training kit to players so they can arrive ready to train.
- Marking out designated parking spaces for players with gaps of three spaces between each car.
- Allocating players to different groups of four or five in which they will train on designated pitches.
- Drawing up lists of staggered arrival times for different players.
- Drawing up lists of club employees who will be allowed at the training ground.
Players are aware of the strict rules which will be in place for phase one training. That means no tackling or spitting and maintaining social distancing from everyone else at all times.
Many players are believed to be encouraged by what they saw after watching games being played again in the Bundesliga this weekend. German clubs began training in small groups from April 8 with their first round of league fixtures starting on May 16.