The English Premier League has taken the first step in resuming competition by agreeing to start training again in small groups from tomorrow, Tuesday, May 19th.
The decision was made following a video conference call involving representatives from all 20 Premier League clubs, medical experts, and league officials.
A statement released by the Premier League read:
“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.
A full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.”
To prepare for training resumption, Premier League clubs have been told to:
- Disinfect all training equipment including footballs
- Deliver training kits directly to player’s homes
- Leave gaps of three spaces between cars in the car park
- Allocate players to groups of four or five who they will train with on designated pitches
- Stagger arrival times for different players
- List and manage all club employees and when they will be allowed at the training ground
The first stage of resuming training follows strict protocols including no tackling and no spitting.
The decision follows the successful resumption of competitive football in Germany over the weekend as the Bundesliga resumed behind closed doors.
Source: Sky Sports