Premier League clubs 'are still in talks about CANCELLING the season
Premier League clubs ‘are still in talks about CANCELLING the season despite agreeing to finish it’ as fears grow over the practicality of a return to action amid the coronavirus crisis
- Premier League clubs had agreed to finish the season in a meeting last week
- However, some are considering U-turn amid concerns over feasibility of a return
- Fears players will compromise health by playing while a risk of infection remains
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Premier League clubs are reportedly still discussing the possibility of cancelling the season amid concerns over the feasibility of a return to action.
The season is currently suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic and there is not yet a plan in place for when or if the campaign will be able to resume.
All 20 Premier League clubs had reaffirmed their intentions to complete the season when it is ‘safe and appropriate’ last week during a meeting but are now considering a U-turn.
This season’s Premier League campaign being cancelled is still being discussed by clubs
According to The Guardian, clubs are worried there will be too many hurdles to overcome even if matches are played behind closed doors.
They claim the main fear from clubs is the safety of playing a full contact sport while there remains a risk of contracting Covid-19.
Clubs were told last week that games would only resume once sufficient testing could be provided for players and staff, though July is thought to have already been earmarked for a possible return.
Managers across the top flight are said to have held talks with players about plans to get back to the training pitch by May 9.
Club doctors are also drawing up provisional medical plans with the league to minimise the risk of infection and ensure a safe return to training for players.
Premier League clubs are concerned there are too many challenges for a return to be practical
However, it is not yet clear how much testing will be required for players while frontline workers in the NHS and other public services are not currently getting the testing they have been publicly calling for.
In Spain, a player in the second division has said he will refuse to play when the season restarts due to concerns over his welfare and fears of having to quarantine away from his family.
The Guardian have reported that one Premier League club has also raised a similar issue of what would happen should a player refuse to play on health grounds.
The Premier League are set to discuss all of the club’s concerns in a meeting on Friday, May 1 in a bid to reach a conclusion on the current season.
The concerns of clubs are set to be discussed during meeting with Premier League on May 1
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