Premier League director Richard Masters is confident that the competition will resume in June, even though six people at three different clubs were tested positive for the corona virus on Tuesday.
"We are confident that we will be able to play football again in June," said Masters in an interview with the BBC on Saturday . "The first step has been taken with the resumption of training, so that is a momentum. It is great for everyone to see the players back on the field."
The players of the twenty Premier League clubs returned to the training field for the first time in months on Tuesday, albeit under strict conditions. For example, training may only be done in small groups and sufficient distance must be maintained.
The Premier League has set a target date to resume the competition on Friday, June 12, but Masters emphasizes that "as in the Bundesliga, all parties must be flexible". It therefore seems likely that football can only be played again later in June.
"It is safe to resume training"
There is even a chance that the competition will not resume at all, Masters says. "That is an option. What will happen if we have to end or shorten the season has yet to be discussed with the clubs. Not applying promotion / relegation is certainly realistic, but that is not the case now."
Although there is optimism in the Premier League about a quick resumption of the competition, not all players seem equally enthusiastic. Watford captain Troy Deeney does not want to resume training because of the fragile health of his son and according to British media, Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kanté also stays away from the training field for fear of the corona virus.
"We have done everything we can to help players resume training as safely as possible," said Masters. "We think it is safe to train again, but respect the players who think otherwise."
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