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Premier League clubs unanimously approve start of Stage Two training

Project Restart progress!

A Premier League Match Ball with a Protective Face Mask Photo by Visionhaus

As expected, Premier League clubs have approved the next stage of Project Restart, with a unanimous vote this morning on Stage Two of the return to training protocol. This is in line with plans to return to playing on June 19, which the league will vote on tomorrow.

Stage Two allows for more bigger groups, longer sessions, and even some (but still limited) close contact (e.g. tackling) for players, while still maintaining social distancing as much as possible off the training pitch.

Players will continue to be tested at least twice weekly. The results of this week’s test have not yet been announced.

Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.

Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.

The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants.

Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.

Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government.

Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow.

-Premier League statement

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