It is an important, but modest, first step towards returning to competition, even if the calendar remains unclear. Monday, May 18, the 20 football clubs of the English championship voted Monday "unanimously" in favor of a resumption from Tuesday of training "in small groups", "while maintaining the measures of social distancing", announced the Premier League.

Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to return to small group training from Tuesday afternoon - the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so

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- Premier League (@premierleague) May 18, 2020

Earlier in the morning, the British Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, Culture, Media and Sports, Oliver Dowden, had advanced in mid-June as a goal for a resumption of matches.

"I had very productive discussions on Thursday with the federation (FA), the Football League (EFL) and the Premier League. We are working hard with them to try to come back, aiming for mid-June, but the number one criterion one will be public safety, "he told Sky Sports.

Still no recovery date

The Premier League, faced with the fears of certain players about their health and the reservations of the clubs on certain terms of its recovery project ("Project Restart"), such as the organization of matches in a reduced number of stadiums, is careful to advance a date.

"A broad consultation will continue with the players, the coaches, the clubs, (the unions of the players and the coaches) while a protocol for the return to full training will be developed", she is satisfied to add.

Initially, the Premier League hoped to resume collective training on Monday, play its first matches on June 9 and have completed the remaining 92 league games by the end of July.

With AFP

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