Premier League after the successful return of the Bundesliga in phase 1
English clubs, encouraged by the successful continuation of the German Bundesliga, have unanimously confirmed the gradual launch of professional football on the Island. The health authorities on the Island first gave the first league clubs permission to start training in small groups, which will be able to count a maximum of five people. However, each workout can last a maximum of 75 minutes.
This is the first step, or phase 1, towards the expected resumption of competitions in June, which were interrupted for more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the association of the English Premier League, the British media summarize. “Premier League stakeholders voted unanimously today to return to training in smaller groups from tomorrow afternoon,” all 20 clubs participating in the highest quality rankings of English football wrote after Monday’s video conference. The English Premier League has been suspended since 10 March. For now, they have not set a date when they could continue the championship. Plans are scheduled for the competitions to begin in mid-June.
There are nine rounds left until the end of the championship, with Liverpool at the top with 82 points. Manchester City, who have wasted almost all their chances, scoring 57 points or 25 less than leading team Jürgen Klopp, are still vying to win the FA Cup, in which they should play against Norwich in the quarter-finals. Liverpool are thus just about to win their first title since 1990. If the English Premier League continues, the matches remaining 92 will most likely be played in front of empty stands and preferably on neutral ground. During the workouts allowed from Tuesday, groups of more people will train together, but keeping a safe distance. Physical contact between players will not be allowed. “Players, coaches, club doctors, experts and the government have agreed to this first phase. Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure a return to training in the safest possible conditions,” they stressed.
They will also need to disinfect flags, balls, cones, goalposts, playing surface and all equipment used by footballers during training after each training session. The Premier League has also started systematically testing players and coaching staffs over the past few days. According to the British radio and television station BBC, the approved medical protocol provides for mandatory double testing per week, and before each training session, players will be forced to fill out a questionnaire on their health and well-being, and their body temperature will also be measured. Depending on the epidemiological situation and the development of events, the second phase will follow, when the number of training participants will increase, and the third phase, when eleven to eleven will be able to be on the field.