Premier League clubs vote unanimously on training protocols

PREMIER LEAGUE clubs have agreed on a series of measures allowing players to return to training in small groups.

The league’s top-flight sides decided at today’s ‘Project Restart’ meeting, with teams expected to start returning from Tuesday to prepare for a return to football following the game’s suspension due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Speaking about the decision, West Ham United manager, David Moyes, told www.whufc.com: “Like everyone, the players and coaching staff have understandably missed football but this is an unprecedented situation and we totally understand and respect the measures that are in place. 

“A lot of work has been carried out by our excellent medical and coaching staff on routines and programmes in anticipation of a return to small group training, and we are ready to go. The health and safety of our players and staff will continue to be our priority at all times.”

The Premier League issued their own statement on the move, explaining;

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.

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Brian Jeeves

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