The Premier League has authorized all clubs to play exhibition games under strict conditions in the coming weeks. This allows them to prepare better for the resumption of the season in over two weeks.
Several clubs recently made a request to play exhibition games and according to The Telegraph and Sky Sports , there is now a definitive green light. Last week, the teams were allowed to train with the whole group for the first time since March.
Although practice matches will be allowed in the near future, the clubs must adhere to strict conditions. For example, it is reportedly forbidden to take more than 90 minutes for a friendly encounter and players must travel to the game location in their own car.
In addition, players must wear their match kit before getting into the car, as changing rooms must not be used. The matches must be led by coaches from the two teams, as official referees are not yet available due to the corona measures.
The Premier League is the third European top league to be resumed (behind closed doors). The Bundesliga had its scoop in mid-May and the Spanish La Liga will follow on 10 June with the city derby between Seville and Real Betis.
In England, Manchester City-Arsenal and Aston Villa-Sheffield United are the first games to be made up on Wednesday, June 17. In the following weekend, a full round will be played.
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