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Premier League Restart – What you need to know

It's no more news that a date has been set for the return of the Premier League. The most popular football league in world football is set to return on June 17 as long as all safety tests are concluded. The first set of games on the return of Premier League action will see Manchester Cty face Arsenal while Aston Villa will face Sheffield United.  These are outstanding matches and on completion, the remaining round of games will commence as all teams will have played 29 games this season. The next round of games that will see all teams in action will commence from Friday, June 19 through the weekend. READ: Rosell – Neymar is the second best player in the world Will Premier League games be played at neutral venues? A decision is yet to be made on this as venues for the games ar...
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Gomez – Liverpool squad brought closer by the pandemic

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has insisted that the coronavirus pandemic has tightened the bond in the team. The Reds alongside other rivals commenced training in small groups last week in the first step towards the resumption of the Premier League. The return to Melwood ensured that a two-month period away from group training came to an end. Regardless, Gomez insists that the time apart has positively affected the relationships within the squad. In an interview with the Liverpool official website, Gomez said: “We’ve had to have communication in a different way; it’s not been the standard come in and see each other by force every day,” “We’ve had to reach out as individuals and really stay connected by choice. That’s when you grow fonder of each other and closer because it’s been a...
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Premier League managers and captains to meet over latest project restart steps

The Premier League, on Tuesday, will try to convince managers and captains of the safety of contact training before voting is done on those plans ahead of phase two of Project Restart on Wednesday. If they succeed, squads will return to full training on Thursday. It can be recalled that player safety concerns have been raised by various quarters, although there has been a shift in recent days. The government on Monday approved plans that permitted close contact for elite athletes when training. It appears that more hurdles against the resumption of the Premier League are being crossed with the set date of June 12th still being targeted. The discussion scheduled for Tuesday will focus on the latest research and will involve a white paper by STATSports, the company contracted with m...
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Project Restart is being opposed but the Premier League should return

The Premier League's Project Restart is underway and although fans of the game want to see their favorite stars and clubs in action, this may take time, or may not be the case this season. I hope this won't be the case eventually. Football fans around the world are keen to see those remaining cracking fixtures of the 2019/20 season. They want to see those derbies and watch how their clubs decimate opponents. They want to see and assess the consistency of those new January arrivals. However, the return of the Premier League may take some time or may not materialize as it has been met with some major resistance. Players are beginning to air their opinions on the supposed return while some clubs are not okay with the measures being put in place for the execution of the remaining game...
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Watford opposes Project Restart’s idea of playing in neutral venues

Watford are the latest Premier League club to oppose the league's Project Restart. This project will see the remaining 92 games of the 2019/20 season played behind closed doors at 8 to 10 neutral venues. The likes of Brighton and Aston Villa have already publicly opposed the proposals as they believe that sacrificing home advantage could hamper their chances of avoiding relegation and also compromise the integrity of the competition. Watford chief executive Scott Duxbury voiced the same concerns and insisted that the Premier League must embrace its duty to care for all its clubs. "There is no altruism in the Premier League," wrote Duxbury in The Times. "There are 20 different vested interests which sometimes align but more often than not work purely to protect each individual c...
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Arsenal, West Ham and Brighton players return to training

Arsenal, West Ham, and Brighton gave players access to their training grounds on Monday as Premier League clubs initiate steps for a potential re-start of the league. The Premier League is eyeing a resumption on June 8 behind closed doors due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Project Restart" will see all 20 Premier League teams return to full training by May 18, amid provisions for a three-week pre-season. The league chiefs will meet with clubs on Friday as they work towards a commitment to end the 2019/20 season, with Liverpool very close to sealing the title for the first time in three decades. Brighton released a statement on Monday stating that the club would allow "restricted external access to the training pitches for first-team players only, for non-compulsory individual training". ...