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Premier League could face a year of coronavirus restrictions

Premier League could face a year of coronavirus restrictions

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Premier League has been told by government experts that coronavirus restrictions could endure for at least a year across English football, with players allowed to resume only non-contact training from Tuesday.

England’s top division has been studying how the Bundesliga was able to resume competition at the weekend while being realistic about missing its aspiration of getting back underway by June 12.

”We have to be flexible about it,” Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said in a media call Monday. ”The Germans are a couple of steps ahead of us obviously and we can learn from them and watch them and take confidence from their success.”

Team executives will hold talks next Tuesday to discuss protocols for allowing players to take part in contact training, but it is dependent on government approval and there being no new spike in COVID-19 cases after an easing

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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says the testing programme will be

Premier League clubs face checks to ensure coronavirus protocols being observed

Premier League clubs will be subjected to no-notice spot-checks to ensure they are complying with pandemic training protocols, while the league has also committed to making every positive Covid-19 test public knowledge.

The 20 top-flight clubs unanimously agreed the protocols for small group training to resume from Tuesday and will gather again on May 26 to discuss protocols for contact training, which will be the clearest signpost as to when the Premier League can actually restart and will require further consultation with players and managers.

June 12 has been mentioned as a start date, but the league’s chief executive Richard Masters has said that was only ever to be treated as a “staging post”.

The first step involves small groups of up to five players working together, whilst practising social distancing, with sessions to last no more than 75 minutes for any one player.

The league’s director of football Richard

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Premier League refuses to disclose whether it knew Covid-19 testing firm chief executive had been barred from making deceptive health claims

Premier League refuses to disclose whether it knew Covid-19 testing firm chief executive had been barred from making deceptive health claims

The Premier League has refused to reveal what due diligence it carried out on the firm in charge of its £4 million Covid-19 testing programme after Telegraph Sport revealed its chief executive settled a regulatory action in which he was accused in the United States of making “deceptive health claims” for a medical app his company marketed

The world’s richest league declined to disclose if it had been aware the head of Prenetics, the biotechnology company leading the Project Screen consortium that has already begun testing top-flight players and staff, had agreed to a suspended $58,623.42 (£47,830) penalty with a United States government regulator.

The Premier League would also not answer questions on whether a formal tender process had been conducted for a contract upon which the entire fate of ‘Project Restart’ could rest.

Telegraph Sport revealed on Tuesday how Prenetics’ chief executive, South African-born, British-based businessman Avi Lasarow, settled

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Premier League finalising protocols for step two of Project Restart

Premier League finalising protocols for step two of Project Restart

The Premier League is planning to speak to managers and players this week about how football can take the crucial step of returning to contact training and matches.

Telegraph Sport understands that the protocols for step two of Project Restart were being finalised on Wednesday before going out for consultation.

The plan is to talk to smaller groups of captains and managers before the weekend – rather than having two big meetings as happened last week – to try and gather more feedback.

Video conferences with large groups have proved unwieldy especially with some clubs having more than one player on the call.

The protocols will then be given to the Premier League clubs over the weekend before being voted on at a shareholders meeting on Tuesday when they will dominate the agenda. If they are rejected it will be a serious blow to the Premier League’s hopes of completing

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Premier League clubs seek definitive answer on player contract extensions

Premier League clubs seek definitive answer on player contract extensions

Premier League chairmen want a definitive ruling on extensions for expiring contracts when they meet for Monday’s crucial meeting. 

Clubs will discuss Project Restart next week after the Prime Minister announces the next stage of the UK’s lockdown, and high on the agenda is getting a directive on deals running out on June 30.  

With the campaign set to run into the summer, players such as Willian, Jan Vertonghen and Adam Lallana will find themselves out of contract mid-season. Fifa have approved plans to extend deals but there is no directive on whether it will be compulsory. 

In many cases clubs will look to extend contracts until the end of the campaign to keep players in their 25-man squad and available to their manager to finish the season. But those not in the first-team plans of the manager, such as third-choice goalkeepers, may find themselves surplus to requirements. 

Chairmen are

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'Best in the world' Guardiola helping Rodri through Premier League struggles

‘Best in the world’ Guardiola helping Rodri through Premier League struggles

Manchester City’s record signing Rodri has been picking the brains of Pep Guardiola as he seeks to get to grips with the Premier League.

The 23-year-old Spain international has been a mainstay for Guardiola’s men since joining City from Atletico Madrid last year, making 39 appearances in all competitions.

An elegant operator at the base of the midfield, Rodri has chipped in with some valuable goals – most notably a blistering strike from the edge of the box in a 4-1 win at Burnley and header that ultimately proved decisive in the 2-1 EFL Cup final win over Aston Villa.

However, the former Villarreal player has sometimes appeared ill at ease with the pace of the play around him, with Liverpool storming into a 25-point lead that left them on the brink of ending City’s two-season reign as champions when the Premier League went on hiatus.

Whenever a resumption comes,

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Premier League will resist scrapping VAR, despite Fifa giving clearance to do so

Premier League will resist scrapping VAR, despite Fifa giving clearance to do so

Premier League clubs have the option to scrap the Video Assistant Referee for the rest of the season, but will resist suspending it following concerns over sporting integrity.

Chief executives will meet on Monday to thrash out the terms of Project Restart and Fifa have confirmed they can opt to play without VAR should the 2019/20 campaign resume. 

Fifa and the International Football Association Board (Ifab) say it is down to each competition whether to use VAR. Clubs have already voiced concerns about it being scrapped, with potential legal action if places were determined by goals which would have been overturned by technology.

Clubs have been beneficiaries and victims of the changes in the season VAR has introduced, with goals being ruled out for players being millimetres offside. Those decisions were expected to be evened out over the course of the campaign. 

The Premier League will look at how Stockley

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Culture Secretary in talks for Premier League to resume 'as soon as possible'

Culture Secretary in talks for Premier League to resume ‘as soon as possible’

The government has been in talks with the Premier League about restarting the competition “as soon as possible”, the Culture Secretary has said.

Oliver Dowden said he has personally been in discussions with the league about a return to action that would “support the whole football community”.

The league remains hopeful of restarting on June 8, with another meeting of the 20 clubs scheduled to take place on Friday.

The moves of Arsenal, West Ham United and Brighton to allow players to carry out individual fitness work at their training grounds has been seen as another step towards a return to action.

But Scott Duxbury, the chief executive of Watford, warned that the game must not “rush” back as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus threat.

Duxbury said he was still “uncomfortable” even talking about football, saying that the priority must be winning the “war” against the disease.

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How Man City’s best Champions League shot could be axed by coronavirus

Manchester City have never won the UEFA Champions League, and manager Pep Guardiola hasn’t lifted a European cup since leaving FC Barcelona in 2012.

What could be their best — and last — chance to do so together is up in the air. 

UEFA intends to finish its Champions League and Europa League campaigns, but the uncertainty stemming from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic looms large over the world’s most prestigious club competition, to say nothing of the resumption of the Premier League and domestic campaigns around the globe.

Twelve teams remain in the Champions League, but City’s forthcoming multi-year ban from European competition due to Financial Fair Play (FFP) violations means the English giants will face a unique pressure if the competition resumes.

That, however, is far from certain. 

“We’ll have to see what Champions League and European football sort of has going forward,” NBC Sports analyst Robbie Earle told

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Tottenham players return to training as Premier League targets June return

Tottenham players return to training as Premier League targets June return

Tottenham Hotspur are the latest Premier League club to allow players to return to the training ground, with football’s senior officials increasingly confident over a mid-June return.

Arsenal and West Ham have also both welcomed players back to training while still respecting social distancing rules, in order to allay fitness concerns ahead of any resumption.

Spurs said select players will take part in individual sessions on separate pitches at their Enfield Training Centre, with no access permitted to any buildings.

“From tomorrow, the club shall be making a limited number of pitches available at our training centre for members of our first team squad to use for individual running sessions on a strict rotational basis,” the club said.

“No more than one player per pitch will be permitted at any one time to undertake on-pitch exercise, with only a restricted number of the squad coming to the training centre each

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