Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume full-squad contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season when safe to do so. Matches have been put on hold since April 3 due to the coronavirus pandemic. This development is coming a week after they voted unanimously to return to small group training.
A statement from Premier League read thus, “Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimizing any unnecessary close contact. The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants. Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.
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The statement continued, “Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government. Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow.”