Premier League pass final restart hurdle as all 20 clubs agree on matchday protocols – Latest News


There were said to be no complaints from anybody as Premier League teams prepare for the 2019/20 season’s return on Wednesday, June 17.

The vote at today’s shareholders meeting produced a unanimous result across the board.

Coronavirus protocols have been agreed on by every Premier League club ahead of the 2019/20 season returning on Wednesday so Project Restart will go ahead as planned

Arsenal played a friendly against Brentford at the Emirates on Wednesday

TV broadcasters will allow fans to follow their teams from the safety of their homes when the Premier League season returns next week

Games in hand will be played first with Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United getting the top flight back underway from Wednesday.

All 20 Premier League clubs have approved match day protocols for when the season returns as the final hurdle to restarting top-flight football in England is cleared.

Matches will be behind closed doors, so fans watching on TV will get a first glimpse at the new format for football in the UK since coronavirus suspended sport.

Premier League squads have been training for the past few weeks as players bid to regain their match fitness after spending over two months in lockdown.

Arsenal hosted Championship high-flyers Brentford behind closed doors at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.

Clubs have begun trialling playing games at their stadiums with matches not being played at neutral venues as was first expected.

The matches being effectively treated as pre-season friendlies have been utilised to get players sharpness back while also reintroducing the concept of contact football.

Stage three was approved today which was based on the return to play protocols.

Players had to social distance when they first returned to training last month, but eventually moved into stage two of contact training.

The elements to this included rules and advice on travel, matchday arrangements, controlled use of pools and ice baths among others.

The clubs also looked at how the physical operation of a matchday will work and how players’ health and safety can be managed at games.

In total there is expected to be 300 people in attendance for games, including media, doping officials and scouts, with an ‘Amber Zone’ and ‘Green Zone’ also in operation.

Meanwhile, the most recent coronavirus test results for the Premier League came back with one positive case for those carried out on Monday and Tuesday.

Only 37 ‘Red Zone’ passes will be made available per team, with that expected to be made up of 20 players, 12 coaching and medical staff and a further five essential staff.


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