Premier League not considering shortcut matches despite Gordon Taylor statements


The Premier League was stunned by claims by PFA chief Gordon Taylor that games could last less than 90 minutes after football returns.

High-flying bosses are exploring a number of options to improve the safety of players and staff as they try to bring the Premier League back to the midst of the current coronavirus crisis.

Taylor said Tuesday morning that high-flying bosses could implement halves of less than 45 minutes.

“We don’t know the future but we know what proposals have been made, what ideas have been [forward] “Said Taylor BBC radio 4.

“The possibility of having more substitutes, the matches not being able to last 45 minutes each way with discussions on neutral stadiums.

“A lot is being advanced – try to wait and see what the proposals are.

PFA General Manager Gordon Taylor

“And then have the courtesy to let managers, coaches and players assimilate all of this and come up with a thoughtful view. “

Asked that more substitutes and more games would be less than 90 minutes, Taylor said, “All I’m saying is that there are a lot of possibilities.

“Ideally, you want to maintain the integrity of the competition. “

EFL chief Rick Parry also told DCMS on Tuesday: “I don’t think we should rule out any creative idea at the moment given all of the challenges we face – maybe the thought would be that that would alleviate fatigue. “

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But Mirror Sport has learned that such a decision is not under review and that club leaders are stunned by Taylor’s claims.

In addition, the Telegraph insists that such discussions did not even take place.

The Premier League plans to return in the week starting June 8, with the first game hoping to take place on June 12.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock supports plans to return to the Premier League – provided it is safe.

“Well, I’m absolutely open to it. And horse racing too, “said Hancock.

“And, I know the Premier League and the races are working on how it could be safely done. But this security must be paramount. “


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