May 25, 2020 | 10:17 AM IST
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UK’s Premier League Clubs resume football training sessions from today

The Premier League Clubs in the United Kingdom have unanimously decided to restart its football training sessions from today. The sessions, which have been termed ‘Project Restart’, will be held in small groups initially to get back into the competitive mode. The decision was taken in a digital conference held on Monday in which all 20 clubs participated.

Through a statement, the Premier League said, “Premier League Shareholders voted unanimously to return to small group training from tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon - the first step towards restarting the Premier League when safe to do so. Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted.”
The decision was taken after consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts, and the Government.  However, the league has ensured that a strict protocol of ‘social distancing at all times’ would be maintained, and ‘contact training would not be permitted’ at this stage. The government has made it clear that the players will have to spend two weeks in quarantine before the games restart.
The League had to call off all its games and training sessions from March 9 owing to the Novel Coronavirus pandemic.  The clubs stated that failure to restart the season could incur a loss of over 750 million pounds. 
The league will once again meet, next Tuesday, to discuss the date to resume competitive action. 

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