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Government supporting Premier League return in June

Government supporting Premier League return in June

The government are opening the door for the Premier League to return in June in what is another boost to the league’s Project Restart proposals.

Premier League clubs could be set to return to training as early as next week, albeit with a number of restrictions in place such as no tackling, training in groups of five and disinfecting training pitches before and after their use.

This now looks all the more likely to happen after Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said the government would back any plans for a return to action in June as long as safety precautions are taken.

Following a meeting between Dowden and football authorities on Thursday, he said: "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.

"The government is opening the door for competitive football to return safely in June.

"This should include widening access for fans to view live coverage and ensure finances from the game's resumption supports the wider football family.

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

The Bundesliga is set to resume on May 16, becoming the first major league in Europe to start again since the beginning of the Pandemic. Both France’s Ligue 1 and Holland’s Eredivisie have been called off early and will resume next season, while Serie A and La Liga are exploring options to finish off their respective campaigns.

The Premier League isn’t the only division in England that still harbours ambitions to finish their season, with the Championship, League One and League Two all still yet to abandon the 2019/20 season.

However, not all individuals within the leagues share the same enthusiasm to make a quick return to action. The likes of Sergio Aguero, Danny Rose and Todd Cantwell have all expressed concerns about returning while the pandemic is ongoing.

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