Government now urges Premier League to step up “project restart” and resume games by June to improve mood across the country
- British government wants Premier League to reduce positivity
- There are plans that could see the matches restart as early as June 8
- High-level football has been suspended since March 13 due to the pandemic
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The British government wants the Premier League season to resume in the hope that it will lighten the mood of a nation stressed by the coronavirus pandemic, according to The Times.
The Premier League has been on hold since March 13, but there are plans to continue in camera matches to try to end the current season.
The government has reportedly changed its mind on the matter and is now pressuring sports events to get back on track to give the public some positivity.
Government urged Premier League to step up plans to relaunch season
They believe the British people need much needed positivity in the midst of the pandemic
Premier League leaders have developed a plan called “Project Restart” that could see matches replayed as early as June 8 in “neutral approved sites.”
Clubs would prefer to host matches in Premier League stadiums, but it is understood that they may be convinced to play on club training grounds and on neutral venues such as St George’s Park.
The plan “also allows for a three-week pre-season during which players would train in full contact sessions.”
One idea is that players are locked up in designated hotels for up to six weeks until the final matches are played.
Premier League plan to resume on June 8
Arsenal are expected to resume training on Monday at their Colney training ground, although they will still adhere to social distancing guidelines for the time being.
The government has decided that soccer players are employees who cannot do their jobs properly at home, so has allowed clubs to resume training schedules.
Most clubs have seen their players continue to maintain their fitness level through home training.
Elsewhere, the Bundesliga plans to restart on May 9 with the approval of the German government. Players will be tested once a week and matches will be held behind closed doors.
More than 20,000 people have died in the UK due to the disease, and there have been more than 150,000 confirmed cases.