Premier League football could be back on TV within weeks. According to a report in The Sun, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discussing plans for games to go ahead without fans in the near future. In order to do so certain criteria will have to be met, and there will have to be a set of draconian measures put in place to ensure social-distancing is maintained between those involved in order to keep them safe.
It is also thought games could be streamed on terrestrial channels, with the government worried the return of football could see friends gather at each others’ houses if they do not have access to Sky Sports or BT Sport.
Sports Considered one of the first activity that can return after Covid19 lockdown
PM Johnson has been briefed on plans for matches to be played behind closed doors and sees the resumption of live sport as key to boosting the morale of the nation after weeks of being shut inside. Other football leagues, tennis, cricket and horse racing could also resume under detailed proposals to be thrashed out between ministers, Public Health England officials and sporting bodies. Sport is considered one of the first activities that can return after the coronavirus lockdown as it is simple to control compared to reopening pubs, theaters or cinemas.
Five Broad Criteria All Sports Will Have to meet to start –
1) Each Sport would have to put in place regular testing arrangements for participants. These would have to be paid for by sporting authorities or clubs to avoid depriving key frontline workers of the vital tests they need to be able to continue working.
2) STAFF must be kept safe from the risk of infection and any extra burden on the emergency services must be prevented.
3) CLUBS would also have to ensure they have measures in place to deal with certain fan behaviour, such as the risk of impromptu gatherings outside grounds.
4) THIS is on the back of supporters from Paris club PSG turning up at their stadium to celebrate their Champions League victory when their match against Borussia Dortmund last month was played behind closed doors.
5) BEFORE any sports can resume, the Government must first have met the five key tests it has set the country before any restrictions could begin to be lifted.
Along with the fans, news would also come as a relief to some clubs who are in danger of facing financial difficulties without football. Earlier this week culture secretary Oliver Dowden said: “I think the financial reality for most clubs is their biggest source of income is the direct transfers they get from the Premier League. “So if we got that running in some way behind closed doors then that would relieve the pressure on all other clubs.”