The Premier League is continuing its plans to resume the 2019/20 season in June despite the players’ growing health problems, while clubs have been informed that all matches will be held in “neutral” stadiums.
A teleconference with leaders from the top 20 flight clubs discussed the details of the Restart project, including coronavirus tests for players and staff twice a week.
After three and a half hour discussion, the league plans to end the season despite the fact that others in Europe, including France, Belgium and the Netherlands, have already suspended professional football until at least the end of summer.
Under UK proposals, and in addition to testing, players would be advised to wear masks or snoods at all times during training and play, and personnel wearing personal protective equipment would disinfect the equipment on training grounds, such as corner flags and GPS trackers.
All of the tests and protective gear would come from private sources, but the game’s figures raised the question of whether vital supplies would be diverted from those who need them most.
Former Manchester United and England player Gary Neville said the economy is more important than health.
“If you are a football fan with a deceased relative in the hospital and you could not visit, you were not allowed to go to their funeral and the football players get tested but you could not go from test, would they accept it?
“Would we accept it? Would we think this is true? I am sure we will not do it, ”he said.
Some clubs have expressed concerns about playing at neutral venues instead of their original stadiums, but have been impressed that this is the only viable option to end the season. Eight to ten potential sites are estimated to be under investigation, pending police approval.
There has been no Premier League football since Leicester beat Aston Villa on March 9, three days before Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta was announced. COVID-19[female[feminine, effectively forcing the postponement of the series of meetings this weekend.
The government would like to see football come back for economic reasons and the psychological boost it would give to a nation that has been stranded for several weeks.
The Premier League is working on a June 12 resumption date, but it depends on the government to give the green light for players to return to training when a broader review of lockout restrictions takes place next Thursday.
But some players think it is too early to speak of returning to football. Brighton striker Glenn Murray called some of the proposals “far-fetched,” while Manchester City striker Sergio Aguirre said he thought he would put his family at risk.
Troy Townsend, director of the anti-discrimination organization in football, Kick It Out, is the father of Crystal Palace footballer Andros Townsend. He told Sky News that he thought footballers should take unreasonable risks.
“I am extremely concerned for him about his direct contact with others,” he said.
“But he also has a family at home, two young children, a partner.
“You sort of think of what he could expose them to as well.” “
He added, “It’s great to have all the tests for the coronavirus, but there are other problems. There are problems that black and ethnic minority communities face daily regardless of this pandemic.
“Hereditary blood disorders, diabetes, sickle cell anemia which has plagued blacks for many years and which is unfortunately transmitted. There would be huge concern from my point of view but obviously it was his decision. “
Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson said this week that the season should be over and that fleeing Liverpool league leaders have awarded the title without playing another game.
He is concerned that fans will come together to watch matches, which exposes them to the spread of the virus.
Former Liverpool title winner John Barnes says fans can get together at home, if not outside the stadiums.
“I think they will be more responsible (but) because of the camaraderie among them, they might not leave the stadium but will they bypass other people’s houses and have 20 of them in one house to watch football? “
This problem and many more will be addressed as football decision-makers discuss how and when he might return.