Players will be told 'to turn their faces away after being tackled'

Players will be told ‘to turn their faces away after being tackled’ in Wednesday’s Premier League Project Restart briefing as football pushes ahead with a return to action

  • The tackling measure will come as part of significant football ‘cultural changes’ 
  • Top-flight captains will hold a video call with league bosses on Wednesday 
  • The Premier League stress measures must be accepted to avoid disaster
  • Footballers will need to accept the ‘new normal’ if the game is to return this year 

Players are to be told at a Premier League Project Restart briefing on Wednesday to turn their faces away after they have been tackled, according to reports. 

Top-flight captains will hold a video conference call with league bosses, the PFA and Government officials at 10am on Wednesday as part of crucial Project Restart talks centred on player welfare.

And according to The Telegraph, the reported measure regarding tackling from the Premier League will come as part of significant ‘cultural changes’ that have to be accepted if football is to be played again before the end of the year.

Premier League players are to be told to turn their faces away after they have been tackled

The measure will come as part of significant ‘cultural changes’ that have to be accepted

The league do plan to try to ease the growing health fears during two criticial meetings – including one with the 20 managers in the afternoon – but will also insist that if its plans are rejected then the future of the game is in danger.

The report states that among the questions that will be addressed is the importance for the Premier League to resume next month despite some players expressing their ire at a supposedly rushed return. 

But the report claims one of the principles behind ‘Project Restart’ is to implement changes now that will be beneficial in dealing with a potential ‘second peak’ of the coronavirus pandemic later this year that could wreak havoc upon the sport if plans are not already tried and tested.

The Premier League will also allegedly deal with some of the concerns over spreading the virus while players are on the field and will highlight equivalent studies that have been going on in England, and with similar results, to research carried out by experts at Aarhus University and the University of Southern Denmark.

Top-flight captains will hold a video conference call with league bosses on Wednesday

An afternoon call will then take place with all 20 managers with talks centred on player welfare

That work showed that top-level players are within an infectious distance of each other for an average of only 88 seconds during a match. 

But the core message from the Premier League will be the need to realise there will be a ‘new normal’ that has to be accepted if Project Restart is to resume and this will include changing the way they train and play.

And primary among those is the contact between players in a tackle with players told there are small changes they can make which will help such as turning their face away when getting up from the challenge as part of a system to avoid face-to-face contact when possible.

If players accept these changes they will return next week, but they will also reportedly be told that they will not be forced to return but will need to provide written consent to show they understand the protocols with clubs carrying out rigorous health risk assessments. 

It will stress the need for football to return despite anger from the likes of Sergio Aguero

Players will also reportedly be told that they will not be forced to return if plans are approved




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