The letter from European football’s governing body served as the basis for a two-hour conference call on Friday to explore how the Premier League could end.
Although any recovery is modeled after matches taking place behind closed doors, decision-making is the overarching principle that the ability of the National Health Service to treat people with Covid-19 should not be compromised and should be at stake. comfortable with the top. – flight restart. This means that the Premier League wants the NHS to give the green light and that the health service has a veto.
Ideally, clubs would have a “preseason” from May 10 to 14, giving players four weeks to get back into shape, with the minimum they would need set at two weeks. If training started three or four weeks before the weekend of June 13-14, the opening days may include players training individually or in small groups to provide the best protection before the teams work together normally.
Protocols developed by the Premier League and club doctors and approved by the required bodies would have state-of-the-art tests and be in place to try to ensure a safe return to the games. Participants in matches – players, club staff, officials, security and the media – should all be tested and procedures should be put in place to accommodate the prospect of large groups of supporters gathering outside the stadiums.
The Uefa wants the Champions League and the Europa League each to resume from the week of Monday August 3, the final of the first taking place on Saturday August 29 and that of the second should be played a few days before.
If the Premier League were to restart on June 13 – a Saturday – it would take seven weeks to finish the season. With 16 clubs having nine games to play and Manchester City, Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Arsenal having 10, the schedule seems to be long enough for the campaign to end comfortably.
It is understood that the Premier League is aware of the worst-case scenario, given the unpredictability of the coronavirus and the time it takes to cope with it. The pessimistic view is that no football can resume until October, seven months after the last round of matches.