Premier League steps up return to action as clubs agree to the first phase of Project restart

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The Premier League clubs have consented to the 1st stage of the plan to recommence the 2019/2020 campaign.

The decision which was unanimously made by the 20 clubs in a meeting will pave way for teams to hold training session in their facilities with a maximum of five players.

It emerged after the meeting that clubs have been given more details about the safety protocols which have been adopted to ensure the safety of players and everyone involved.

The Premier League sees Bundesliga’s return as a very good example to follow as they aim to resume in June.

A Premier League statement read: “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 wellbeing 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.”

After hearing the news, shadow minister for sport Alison McGovern MP said: “Fans and players will be pleased to see a plan from the Premier League on how it will restart.

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