The Premier League is working towards a return date for the 2019/20 season of June 8, reports The Times.
Dubbed ‘Project Restart’, the plan is to play the 92 league fixtures remaining this term in a ‘festival of football’ style schedule.
This will involve matches being played in quick succession at a number of neutral grounds across the country.
BBC Sport reports that the government plans to hold a meeting with senior medical directors of major sports this week. These meetings will be held regularly, in a bid to get sport to resume “within weeks”.
It is viewed as a much needed morale boost for some people during a time of lockdown. However, all games will have to take place behind closed doors and there are a number of protocols to be determined. This includes testing, social distancing and hygiene standards.
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Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden has also revealed that the Premier League is considering broadcasting some fixtures free-to-air. This will be discussed at their next meeting on Friday.
There are potential issues with this because of the TV contracts they have with Sky and BT.
Some top flight players are already returning to training ahead of the season potentially resuming. As the Metro outlines, the Arsenal squad are back at their London Colney facility today. Yet they will be training in groups of no more than five.
It’s not known as yet when Sheffield United will be back at Shirecliffe.
Once lockdown measures are eased, players will resume full training. That will need to take place for at least three weeks in order to build up their match fitness before playing games again.
There is talk of players going into lockdown in hotels for six weeks, with sterile routes established between there and the grounds to avoid all unnecessary contact.