Premier League Clubs committed to finishing the season behind closed doors

Premier League Clubs remain committed in the quest to have the 2019/20 season completed.

In a four-hour video-conference meeting between the Club chiefs, all the Premier League teams reaffirmed their commitment in having the football calendar concluded.

The meeting further confirmed that the games will have to be played behind closed doors and held in neutral grounds away from urban areas across the country.

Premier League’s Project Restart hopes to have the games back with training set to begin on May 18 and the games beginning on June 8.

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Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, West Ham’s London Stadium and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium have been proposed as potential venues for the games once the season resumes.

A league statement said: ‘At a meeting of Premier League Shareholders today, clubs discussed possible steps towards planning to resume the 2019/20 season, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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The league further confirmed that all their plans and actions will be done with the principal motive of health and safety of players, coaches, managers, club staff, supporters and the wider community.

The league voiced their support of the creation of the Government medical working group for a return of elite sport.

The main agenda and objective of today’s meeting was for the league and clubs to agree on rules and regulations upon the return for training, and eventually matches being played behind closed doors, despite the ever-changing state of the global pandemic.

The Premier League has in the past week been sharing guidelines that the clubs are required to adhere in health and safety.

Clubs have already been advised to recall players who are abroad as they will need to be in quarantine for two weeks before they can join team-mates.

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Among the guidelines include that every player will be required to wear a mask or snood in training. This will help ensure that the players do not come in contact with droplets or saliva from other players.

All club staff, players, managers and coaches will be banned from spitting at the training ground so as to minimize chances of spreading infections

The league will present the plan to the government for approval later on Friday after all the details are ironed out.