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The top-tier football in England, the Premier League is set to return after the havoc of the coronavirus pandemic. Football action all across the globe had come to a standstill after the wrath of the COVID-19 pandemic shattered the world.
Bundesliga became the first European football league to resume their actions after the crisis as they resumed proceedings from May 16. LaLiga clubs in Spain have also resumed training. Serie A clubs in Italy have also resumed training from May 18. Now, the English clubs have also agreed to resume training.
Premier League are flexible on June 12 restart and they expect to have the first batch of coronavirus test results by 2 pm on Tuesday.
Premier League Eyeing A Return By June 12: Richard Maters, CEO, Premier League
Premier League chief executive 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.
“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,” he said.
“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,” Masters added.
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.