Football : Premier League clubs vote in favour of contact training resumption

Premier League clubs have today voted in favour of approving a return to contact training as Project Restart gathers pace.

Top-flight clubs have agreed to implement the next stage of a return to action, based on the ‘Elite sport return to training guidance: Stage Two’ guidelines issued earlier this week by the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Clubs approved the protocols during the shareholders’ video-call after another encouraging weekend for Germany’s Bundesliga and promising results from the first two rounds of centralised coronavirus testing.

Premier League medical staff and senior players, managers, club doctors and directors were involved in a series of video calls on Tuesday as Premier League medical chief Mark Gillett put forward proposals for a return to full training.

Clubs will now attempt to earmark an official restart date in the coming days, with the June 12 “staging post” now looking increasingly unlikely as players and managers push for up to a month’s full training before the action resumes.