No masks and no ballboys – Premier League return plans unveiled


Premier League clubs resumed training in May

Players and coaching staff will not be required to wear masks in stadiums when restarting the Premier League.

Players will be encouraged not to spit or clear their noses or to break social disaffection during goal celebrations.

There will be no boys or girls – a sterilized spare ball system will be used.

Aston Villa v Sheffield United will be the first game when the league returns on June 17.

In the Bundesliga, German players and staff must wear masks at all times, except during play.

In the Premier League, they will not have to wear a mask at all, even in the locker room or on the bench, although the fourth official as well as the doctors and physios will have to.

The Premier League announced on Thursday that there will be a minute of silence to remember those who died from coronavirus before the opening games.

Heart-shaped badges honoring frontline NHS staff will also be worn on the kits.

The clubs agreed to a variety of medical and operational protocols for the restart of the season at a meeting on Thursday.

There will be strict limits on those allowed in stadiums on match days and the fields will be divided into zones, including the tunnel and the edge of the field.

In total, only 300 people will be present at each stadium, including no more than 110 in the “red zone”, including players, club staff and officials.

There will be a thorough cleaning of corner flags, goal posts, replacement panels and match balls before and after each match.

Additional disinfection, such as the substitution panel after use, is likely to take place during matches and at half-time, while other work will be done during breaks if authorized by the league. .

Medical protocols stipulate how teams and coaching staff must travel to and from the games, respecting social distance.

Clubs will be encouraged to travel longer to limit the use of hotels, and each player and coach will be subject to temperature controls prior to their arrival at the stadium.

Players will need to sanitize their hands as they enter and exit the playing field.

Meanwhile, players are working with the Premier League on a tribute to the Black Lives Matter, but details have yet to be finalized.

What the match of the day looked like the last time the BBC aired the top flight in 1988

The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 due to the pandemic.

The match schedule for the first three rounds was confirmed on Friday, with 33 of the 92 remaining games scheduled to be broadcast on free-to-air platforms.

The league will resume on Wednesday when Aston Villa welcomes Sheffield United at 6:00 p.m. BST, with Manchester City against Arsenal at 8:15 p.m.

At the end of May, the teams resumed contact with the training. In the last round of testing in Premier League clubs, one person tested positive for Covid-19.


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