Premier League confident about June restart

Tanya Simon
May 23, 2020

The Reds would've been crowned Premier League champions by now for the first time in their history if not for the global health crisis.

Prenetics - the biotechnology company leading the Project Screen consortium that won the contract to test Premier League players and staff - say tests can take up to 48 hours to process and new results are expected to be published this weekend.

While the top tier is taking baby steps towards emulating the Bundesliga's return to action, leagues in France, Scotland and the Netherlands have been abandoned because of the pandemic.

Premier League players returned to limited group training this week with hopes of a resumption of matches next month.

"It's great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground".

Asked if the Premier League had an exact date for a return, Masters said the organisation had to be "flexible".

Although some dissent has been voiced as to the return of the game, including from Watford captain Troy Deeney, who will not return to training, Masters is confident that the players are as safe as they possibly can be. We have to respect players' decisions not to return to training.

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Most top-flight stars are back at work though, amid stringent testing and social distancing measures, and Masters said he would also have agreed to train, had he been a player.

The Premier League revealed on Tuesday there were six positive tests for coronavirus from three clubs across a total of 748 tests after the first phase of mass testing.

"Most importantly, if the scientists and the government feel it's unsafe there will be no football, but hopefully we can figure out a way to give people some enjoyment".

"If it was starting tomorrow training 11 v 11 with contact, with everybody at the training ground, I would not go that's for sure", he said.

"I think everybody is in a different situation with their family and at home".

"We're talking to the authorities about that", he said.

"It's a bad situation we are all in and some day hopefully there will be a vaccine and we can return to the joy of being at a stadium and watching great footballers, but obviously the most important thing is safety", he said.

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