Premier League restart: Players want final say on return to training and playing

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Premier League restart Players want final say on return to training and playing. IMAGE COURTESY

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Premier League players want to be given the final say on when they return to training and playing.

The 20 Premier League clubs will discuss proposals to restart training at a meeting on Monday morning.

The proposals have already been sent for approval to the government and Public Health England.

Although some players have concerns about returning to training in tightly-controlled circumstances, the majority of Premier League players want to start training and playing again.

Players and managers will discuss the proposals in a series of meetings with the Premier League this week.

The proposals contain guidance about testing and monitoring players and staff for coronavirus, keeping the working environment as safe as possible, and protecting all players and club employees at all times.

If the proposals are approved by the government and Public Health England, plus clubs, players and managers, then non-contact training sessions in small groups would resume.

Every club would also need to produce a COVID-19 operational policy, and training sessions would not be allowed to last longer than 75 minutes.

A senior executive at one Premier League club says their players will not be forced to train or play if they feel it is unsafe. Their players’ safety, and the safety of all their employees, is their No. 1 priority.

Additionally, one Premier League club owner has told Sky Sports News their players will not be paid if they do not play.