English Premier League clubs have voted unanimously for the second phase of the Return to Training protocol.
The latest development is yet another significant move towards resuming the EPL.
In a statement that the League body sent out today, the clubs all voted to resume contact training, which would allow tackling.
“Premier League shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.” The League said in a statement sent out today.
Training still in a controlled environment
However, according to medical protocols, the training will still take place in a controlled environment.
“Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimizing any unnecessary close contact.”
The latest news is the development in the ‘Project Restart’ campaign by the Premier league to get the season underway.
Testing twice a week
Furthermore, to curb any spread of the new coronavirus among players and staff, all people in the Premier League clubs would undergo COVID-19 testing twice a week.
“Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible, and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.” The Premier League statement reads further.
So far, the Premier League has found eight positive cases of COVID-19 from over 1400 tests done on players and playing staff.
Whetting fans appetite, but players still concerned
The latest development is good news for football fans who are waiting for the EPL’s return with great anticipation.
However, some players are still not comfortable with the arrangement. Danny Rose and Troy Deeney have both come out strongly against the move.
So far, the tentative return date for the EPL is June 12th. However, the chairman revealed that the option of cancelling the season is still on the table. That is if things do not go according to plan.