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Some Premier League Players Will Not Report To Training Next Week



The Premier League’s Project Restart has yet to get the official green light. However, plans are being set for a return to training on Monday. That will be the day after the Bundesliga completes it’s first round of fixtures post-coronavirus.

How the Germans fare is likely to play a prominent role with what the Premier League and UK government decide. While the Netherlands and France have banned sporting events forcing their football seasons to be canceled, other nations are still hopeful this season can resume.

The Portuguese Primeira Liga has just announced they plan to restart this season on June 4th. La Liga’s president Javier Tebas is pushing for Spain’s top flight to kick off again on June 12th.

However, the Spanish government is still hesitant to sanction football’s return at the moment. A few days ago, five players from Spain’s top two divisions, including three from Real Betis, tested positive for the coronavirus.


Today, EPL players, the Professional Footballers’ Association, and the government will meet to discuss safety concerns surrounding Project Restart. This meeting comes amidst reports that some players will not return to training on Monday.

According to the Mirror, one club has been informed by two of their players that they will not report to training next week.

We’ve also heard from Newcastle’s own Danny Rose as well as Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling publicly question the decision to complete this season.

PFA chief Gordon Taylor believes that with certain assurances, this season can get back underway.

This is what Taylor told the Mirror:

“If you’re asking me, with the type of guarantees or assurances that would give confidence to the players, then (returning is) achievable.

“We’ve got to try it, see it if we can do it, and see if we can return to some form of activity. But it’s also being as careful and having as many assurances as possible that it’s achievable.

“We have to be open-minded. There’s a balance between what you hope can be done and what is realistic to achieve.”

We could hear something more concrete after today’s meeting where players can voice their concerns. There’s likely to be a few players unwilling to risk a return.


28 comments so far

  • the Northumbrian

    May 13, 2020 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Seeing as its been proven that BAME players are more likely to catch this horrible virus I wouldn’t blame them in any way.
    And any other player come to that

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  • rozehnal

    May 13, 2020 at 8:25 AM

    Comment #3

    Deal could be rejected. FBI information leaked by mistake a Saudi link to the helping of 2 terrorist involved in 9/11 attacks. Seems pot kettle black as our government and their president have had meetings with them and still sell them arms.

    PL to ratify this is under so much pressure as not also could it upset some people around the world if accepted but if its rejected could this also mean it could affect our government with Saudis being upset with the rejection.

    Maybe the pressure to ratify the decision is more likely especially in the current situation we are involved in. It could make more sense economy wise and they could be under pressure from our government too to accept.

    Playing it out this long could be to show a sign they have taken their time in making a decision but in fact the decision was made weeks ago but just not officially announced.

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  • Rotonda heights

    May 13, 2020 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #4

    ” that sum unrest”

    My god journos are b—-y illiterate these days. They don’t even bother proof reading anything any more.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2020 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #5

    We need a bigger shed to train in.

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    May 13, 2020 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #6

    https://mobile.twitter.com/Smudge1962/with_replies

    Paul Smith with some very good points and interactions on Twitter this morning.

    Well worth a read.

    #CANS

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  • Hal

    May 13, 2020 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Roze, just ignore that. Nothing to do with the takeover… Anything with the words “Saudi Arabia” will get attention in this country and hit as a headline hoping all Toon fans will click it.

    The takeover will happen when it does. Think if the “timeline” for a single person taking over is 4 weeks.. We have a consortium of 3. Let ya #cans chill in the fridge, If ya can’t, enjoy them but make sure you replace them.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2020 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #8

    Rotunda, I think the spell checker hasn’t helped with basic literacy, you used to have to look up a word you didn’t know in a dictionary, but then again people probably write a lot more in the advent of smart phones and social media.

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  • nufc 11

    May 13, 2020 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #9

    Pete Graves, Keith Downey, George Culkin, Chris Waugh need to be called out and banished for all they have done to create this circus around this takeover it has never been concrete at any stage yet they and many others were running to the press rooms with the latest exclusives that the club has drip feed them they have printed it as gospel without foundation. Between them they have bought Charnley, Barnes or Keith Bishop a private villa in majorca with the money they have paid for misinformation. This is the 3rd failed takeover in 3 years and they have been at centre of the lot spreading lies like little school girls. Im sick to death of it, how they are let away with it.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2020 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #10

    It has to be announced or denied one way or the other, I wish to foot they’d hurry up, I think it’s going to take the shine off the celebration it’s taking that long.

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 13, 2020 at 8:53 AM

    Comment #11

    If you listen to the Athletic podcast I linked on previous, either Caulkin or Waugh spoke to Bruce (who was buying creosote for an “ugly” fence), and he explains what NUFC’s policy on the training restart is.

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    May 13, 2020 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #12

    We’re still only 3 days behind Man City in terms of Premier League approval, surely that’s a permissible time frame in the midst of a global pandemic?

    #CANS

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  • Our Toon

    May 13, 2020 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #13

    Do people who claim the takeover is a fake story know how daft they sound. Ashley doesn’t control everyone

    The 9/11 thing isnt a surprise, nor does it affect MBS

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  • Munster Mag

    May 13, 2020 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Nufc 11, horlicks. There are plenty of other journos you can blame over time, ahead of these guys.

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 13, 2020 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #15

    Northumbrian; It is likely the death rate among the BAME population is a result of social deprivation rather than any medical grounds. It is proven that people from poorer backgrounds are dying at a higher rate than people from wealthy backgrounds, regardless of the colour of their skin. This will only get worse as poorer people are forced to return to work.
    The risk of contamination in footballers is high due the physical contact in the game more so than the colour of their skin.

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  • Hal

    May 13, 2020 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Micky.

    I think the lads were right in saying “Only ones that know anything are the Premier League, the buyers.” It is and will always remain a closed process. Think of it this way, if we hadn’t of been so desperate to get rid of Baron Greenback and his cronies. If fans hadn’t of been scouring Companies House and other websites, we wouldn’t have been none the wiser. Suddenly there would have been an announcement, whether start of May, end of May, mid June.. and we would have just had new owners.

    Personally I had hoped it would have been done by now, but I’m willing to wait it out and enjoy the ride when it happens.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2020 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #17

    Our Toon,
    I don’t think anyone is implying this has anything to do with Ashley but there has been so many false dawns that fakeover has become part of our vocabulary.

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  • jimiley

    May 13, 2020 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #18

    The deal is dead.
    The press are reporting that the top clubs in the Prem are against it. It seems logical
    They own the League. End of.
    They are opposed because they do not want another club challenging for the top 4 and putting them out of pocket. Would they object is mo halal running the dodgy reefer shop wanted to buy the club?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    May 13, 2020 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #19

    I wish people would stop telling us to crack the cans it’s definitely happening or that it is off. Nobody knows what’s going on.

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 13, 2020 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #20

    JFA; Thanks for that insight, oh and for breaking people’s optimism. 🙂

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  • SuperShearer

    May 13, 2020 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #21

    @jimiley – unfortunately for those clubs the PL is not a democracy of its members. Teams are consulted and given a say on things that impact the game, like Project Restart. They are not given a say in who can own a football club for the very reason you outline, it would be in their best interest to constantly reject new owners therefore potentially sending clubs into administration in the long term.

    It is frustrating this hasn’t happened but I keep hoping and believe that the PL are essentially trying to cover their arses legally so as when they approve it, and the backlash comes, they can say “everything is above board, they have passed our tests and we have never been so thorough in turning over every stone. We believe the owners of Newcastle will help develop not only that club but also the League as a whole and that can only be to the benefit of all.”

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  • hibbit

    May 13, 2020 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #22

    nothing being posted is from any official source ,the buyer,the seller,PL, till you hear it’s on or off from one of them it’s all just cklickbait from the press,

    my own view is it’s on till i’m told it’s off from one of those 3 parties,
    i know this is difficult but i really do believe this deal will go through,

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  • DubaiMicky

    May 13, 2020 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #23

    What people are missing here is that if the FA get something from Qatar say, they have to share it with the buyers in order for them to reply to it.

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  • bill

    May 13, 2020 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #24

    The elephant in the room is Covid-19. The Premier League are spending most of their time trying to get back playing football or coming up with alternatives, etc. Add to that, the fact that most people are working from home, and is very likely slowing every process. I think the NUFC takeover checks are probably well down their list of priorities.

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  • The ledge

    May 13, 2020 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #25

    I agree with Bill.
    How does anyone no how long this will take there is no other takeover to compare it to in my life time anyway .
    Makes me laugh these lads saying if its not done by this time or that time is off
    How the fluck do you NO .
    Patience .

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  • Novocastrian66

    May 13, 2020 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #26

    I doubt the people working on getting the league restarted will be the same people conducting the fit and proper person test. If they are the PL is a bigger shower of shite than I thought.

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  • Toonboy_84

    May 13, 2020 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #27

    I’m with Bill as well. All of the efforts of the PL will be on project restart. Our takeover will not be high on their list in comparison. They will not just lump resources at it when we have this awful pandemic going on.

    I think we just need to wait it out. I’m as desperate as the next person to see humpty dumpty fall off the wall and splat on the floor, but it’s very evident that none of these journos have a clue! It’s all click bait and/or guess work.

    Until I hear anything from an official source, I shall be keeping level headed on the whole situation.

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  • geordietom

    May 13, 2020 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #28

    i’m positive and i’m staying positive about the takeover happening at our club …

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