The British government has given the green light to the return of professional sport from June 1 behind closed doors. Boris Johnson’s announcement, then, would allow the return of the Premier League this June, just as the leaders of the football league that moves the most money in the world wanted. Some clubs, however, are still hesitant and working to agree on a training schedule. The announcement comes just in the week that the return of the German league, the Bundesliga, should be seen this weekend. The Spanish league wants to return on June 12, according to its president, Javier Tebas.
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The Premier League, as does the Spanish league, is working on a schedule that should allow you to watch the first matches, behind closed doors, from 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 June. Premier League clubs are discussing the schedule today, with a different proposal from the other leagues planning the return: play the matches in a few stadiums, taking advantage of the fact that without spectators the fact of being local would not be so important. The measure would facilitate disinfection work, selecting stadiums that are far from inhabited areas such as Manchester City, Arsenal or West Ham. And, by the way, it would make the job of the police easier to keep spectators away if they intend to approach the stadiums.
Premier League leaders are working on a security protocol that aims to ban spitting on the pitch, swapping shirts or allowing five changes per game, as authorized by FIFA during these months affected by covid-19.
The measure that will allow the return of professional sport is part of the phase 2 of the government of Boris Johnson, a phase in which it would be allowed to practice sports indefinitely. This decision affects other sports, because in July the rugby league could end, watching the first cricket matches and the first horse races, always without spectators.