Premier League season in doubt with clubs not convinced it’s safe to return

Premier League season in doubt with clubs not convinced it’s safe to return

Premier League clubs are yet to be convinced it’s safe for the season to return, meaning the campaign is in doubt. Games have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Premier League are hoping to return in June, with teams to start training again later this month.

The Government gave the green light to games returning next month after a meeting on Thursday.

However, The Star say Premier League bosses are struggling to convince clubs it’s safe to return.

The Premier League now have 72 hours to give detailed proposals on how players and staff members will be protected from coronavirus.

Clubs will then vote on the proposals next week, which could halt the Premier League’s Project Restart if teams aren’t convinced.

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If clubs aren’t happy, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters will have to ask UEFA for an extension before they submit plans on the season returning.

The Premier League have a May 25 deadline to explain how they’ll complete the season.

Despite concerns from the teams involved, the Government have given the green light to Premier League and EFL action returning next month.

Culture secretary Oliver Dowden hosted a video call with the Premier League, EFL and the FA on Thursday to discuss games returning.

“It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans.

“There is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.

“The Government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support to the game ahead of any final decision which would put these plans into action.

“We all agreed that we will only go ahead if it is safe to do so and the health and welfare of players, coaches and staff comes first.”

Published at Thu, 14 May 2020 19:55:00 +0000