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Premier League clubs to hold friendlies ahead of resumption.

Premier League clubs have been given permission to play friendlies ahead of the season restart on June 17 but under certain conditions outlined by the league. Some of the measures put in place to ensure hygiene and social distancing rules are adhered to are:

  • Clubs being forbidden from traveling for further than 90 minutes, though teams like Newcastle will be granted special dispensation if they have to travel further.
  • All players must travel in their own cars, possibly in their kits.
  • No official referees will be allowed, with members of coaching staff taking charge.
  • Full risk-assessments of the stadium/training ground before games.

Meanwhile, all EPL clubs have begun considering how reduced numbers of fans might be accommodated next season when neutral venues could also remain as a back-up option to complete fixtures. Players are facing a crucial week of testing as any positive test would likely rule them out from the opening round of restarted games. All players and club staff are being tested for coronavirus twice a week ahead of the restart date of June 17.


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