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Report Outlines Premier League Protocols For A Return To Training



According to The Mirror, Premier League director of football Richard Garlick has drafted a document outlining procedures that all clubs must follow at their training ground in anticipation of players returning.

When group training is permitted to resume, all players and staff will have to wear personal protective equipment. The players will have to train while wearing masks.

Each player will have to pass the COVID-19 Antigen Test in the 48 hours before participating in group training. The sessions will be implemented in phases with small groups initially before eventually moving to full squad training.


The seven-page document will be discussed as part of the next round of Premier League meetings, which is scheduled for Friday. It has been dubbed Project Restart, and they aim to have matches resume in June.

Here is some of what is written in the document:

“This protocol will require the consent of all stakeholders and the agreement of Clubs.

“No Club shall permit or facilitate group training at its Training Ground before the date on which such activity is permitted by the Government (‘Training Return Date’).

“Any such group training after the Training Return Date must be strictly in accordance with these Rules.

“Training will initially recommence in the form of small group training and progress to team training over a time period mandated by the League on advice from the UK Government.”

The Mirror also reports that both Arsenal and Tottenham have held individual sessions at their training grounds, with players working on their own on separate pitches.

Last week, France followed the Netherlands example of banning sporting events until September, which forced Ligue 1 to cancel this season. The French government is now lobbying other countries to do the same.

The German Bundesliga has already allowed their clubs to return to training and hope to get the green-light to resume matches in May.


75 comments so far

  • CAG

    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    Geordie Tom , I’m a massive fan my father told me about oak island years ago when he had his subscriptions for readers digest , I’ve watched everyone on history , was on a walk around Killy lake quite a few months ago and they where doing something to stop the flooding , they dug a massive pit and I thought that looks like something out of oak island , some guy took loads of Ariel shots above pit so I photoshopped them took away the edges and stuck the pictures on a few of the oak island Facebook pages , Wrote just been having a walk over to oak island and took a few pictures of the new work there doing , The sites went mental , experts saying why didn’t they do this from the start , and great idea had a week of laughing my head off at the discussions about the new dig , there was an odd few that didn’t believe but most did , until some of the actual guys came onto page and rubbished it , they did say interesting but fake .

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #2

    they should have null and voided the leagues a long time ago they knew it wouldnt be finished but like everyone else in authority they dilly dallied around it for what money, its a very bad thing putting money ahead of peoples lifes

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  • DaveD1000

    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #3

    Are we there yet?

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #4

    Adam Crafton@AdamCrafton_

    Growing number of PL/EFL players unhappy over return.

    Some players don’t want quarantine in hotels as they have young families/dependant relatives/pregnant partners

    Others don’t want to play contact sport & then risk going home to put family in peril

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  • John Tudor

    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #5

    Have they found any more wood

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  • 9

    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #6

    To use an old take on this: the chances of the season ever re-starting are between slim and none, and slim just left town.

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    I can’t see the season restarting. The issue for me is how can it be justified testing all these players constantly when tests are unavailable for anyone else?

    Doesn’t seem right to me.

    If Germany call their season today I think we’ll follow suit tomorrow.

    Will let us start our rebuild much earlier so would be great for us.

    TAKEOVER ANNOUNCEMENT PLEASE MANDY!!

    #CANS

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  • hibbit

    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #8

    i just dont see anyway this can happen , i just think it’s the PL posturing trying to be seen to have explored every avenue, but really ewe all know it’s never going to happen,
    roll on september when the new season will start, with new owners and all that that will bring

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9

    earlier talk of everyone needs to get on the Love Train when Ashley has gone, Amanda rides into town and Rafsa stops bye to say “Honey I’m home”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyT9jTW7MHc

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  • Hal

    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #10

    That last bit on the French lobbying the other countries is probably the government being a little worried that French footie fans will riot if they see other countries finishing. French seem to riot for just about anything.

    On ours, I’m torn. Though I would love to see the football back and it could be done, I would rather, for safety sake, that they call an end to the season, 2 up change to 22 teams no relegation, give the scousers the title, no one is catching them anyway.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Apr 30, 2020 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #11

    bettyswallocks…

    Keep em coming.

    The ones about the fridge and two turds last night were ace 🙂

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #12

    its really easy, the league have put money ahead of players, coaches and everyone else, people dont matter but money does says it all really

    I agree captain its amazing they have these test kits for politicians lords and alike but not for nhs workers care workers shopping assistants ect ect I wonder why

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  • RobLeenio

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    Lesh from previous, just check this conversation and see how it went:

    You: “You want a dodgy box and Jail suggests lptv? Your saviour’s ready and waiting to help – a whisper in your best pal and fellow cheerleader Jib’s ear and you’ll be up and running in no time.”

    Munster: “Thanks for your input Lesh. But put the tartan blanket on and back to bed with you now.”

    You: “Munster. You’re reacting to posts and’ll end up arguing again. Now back in your box.”

    Now, just ask yourself who was the aggressor here. I see your game, you like a bit of a dig then stand back and watch it blow up.

    Other times you’re a canny poster, but there are two sides to you. I’ll point it out when I see it.

    Munster, just say nowt, you’re being provoked.

    Peace!

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #14

    End this season now as prolonging the situation is a nonsense.
    No one wants to play against Jonny Evans.

    No relegation seems an easy decision.
    Promotion less so but happy to see Leeds and WBA rejoin the Premiership for a larger competition going forward.
    Who wins Leagues more contentious and open to litigation which is perhaps why the FA want matches to be played out behind closed doors as there is a sort of precedent there when clubs have had bans for trouble in grounds etc.

    Even next season is problematic unless vaccines are in place.

    Will Season Ticket holders get refunds form clubs for the games not payed ?
    Seems only fair as clubs have Insurance policies and are claiming Government money.

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  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15

    CAG …

    nice one mate but what i want to know is , did they find a connection with the Knights Templar at Killy Lake 😀

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #16

    The FA are thinking of restarting the league when the few teams back training have the players on separate pitches?

    This is a recipe for disaster.

    One player catching the virus and getting seriously ill or even dying will put the game back years.

    IMO the players union needs to come out and say no way until safety is 100% guaranteed.

    As much as I want to see NUFC playing again -m especially under new owners – it would be stupidity in the extreme for the Govt and FA to take a chance with players (and their families) lives.

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  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #17

    going on about bomber’s flying up and around the tyne , the Low Lights at North Shields has bullet holes in it where the German’s shot at it , just saying

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  • Hal

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #18

    Another point for ending it early is the payment for the clubs. Lower league clubs need the cash right now. Then they can focus on ways to keep revenue going next season with no fans in the grounds.

    2
  • lochinvar

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #19

    me typoing is reilly gotting werse

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  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #20

    VOID it not worth the risk …

    1
  • the crown princes nashers

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #21

    I have noticed amanda hasnt been on twitter this morning hmmm

    2
  • Tom1664

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #22

    Void it – we’re a long way from being able to do this safely and the howls of pain from Merseyside will be delicious.

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  • the Northumbrian

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #23

    Can’t see this season finishing or maybe the next one starting on time either, don’t want loch as he nailed his colours to the mast last night and even if he did come would his heart be in the job? Anyway on a lighter note check out on Google “Ross Kemp folded faces”

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  • CAG

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #24

    Geordie Tom

    Sorry mate just a few Morrison’s trolleys and a couple of old bone rattlers lol

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  • lochinvar

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #25

    Oak Island

    is that the furniture store down at the Metro Centre retail park ?

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #26

    lochinvar

    divint worry man my spelling is terrible 🙂

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #27

    naa lochinvar its a tv reality show looking for something that isnt there 🙂

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  • DaveD1000

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #28

    planewatch has two helicopters heading for Toon….#cans

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  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #29

    scouser’s will pushing for it to restart …

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  • CAG

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #30

    Geordie Tom

    You been watching that found treasure of the knights Templar , canny good watch .

    1
  • lesh

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #31

    Has anyone organised or is thinking about a leaving present for Ashley?

    Maybe he could be given a one way ticket and join Branson on one of his outgoing space flights.

    1
  • The Prince's Mate

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #32

    Munster @175 previous…. The interview was live on BT after they had showed the 2nd leg semi final against Ajax in Cruyff stadium where they came back from 0-3 to draw 3-3 on aggregate to go through on away goals, one of the best games ever.
    Poch was in tears after the game and Danny Rose mom…. what a difference a season makes?!

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  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #33

    Munster………. Your talk is becoming very cheap as supply outweighs demand.

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  • DaveD1000

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #34

    oak island is a bit like takeover a lot of digging but nothing yet

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  • geordietom

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #35

    CAG …

    no bobby dazzler’s …

    😀

    1
  • the Northumbrian

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #36

    Poch damn predictive text

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #38

    2 private helicopters coming up from London towards Newcastle, one following the other. Just around Teeside now.

    https://www.flightradar24.com/HACA3002/246d5968

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  • the crown princes nashers

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #39

    geordietom

    I do feel sorry for liverpool because they are the best team by far this season, but due to events out of our control I think the season should be null and void no titles, no relegations, no promotions, fair enough there supporters be spitting blood but there team should be ok for the start of a new season I just dont know which year it will kick off 🙂

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  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 30, 2020 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #40

    Would be extremely happy with Poch. However, Rafa is someone who would address the club’s needs from top to bottom, root and branch. Everything from the youth academy and training facilities to injury management would all be meticulously planned. OK, not as sexy as Poch but much more holistic. Win win really with Poch or Rafa.

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