Journalist of Sky Sports News
Do the players want to go back to work? What protocols should be in place?
Last update: 13/05/20 14:02
Sky Sports News journalist Kaveh Solhekol examines key responses from the last Premier League meeting as players get closer to returning to training …
Who was at the meeting and what was he talking about?
The Premier League met with players, PFAs and government experts on Wednesday morning to discuss players who will return to training next week.
All players received a 40-page document on training protocols. Each club was represented in the video conference meeting by its captain.
Some PFA representatives from the club were also present at the meeting. Club captains who attended the meeting include Jordan Henderson, Harry Maguire, Cesar Azpilicueta, Mark Noble and Troy Deeney.
How will the training be?
Players will drive the training in their kit, alone in their cars. Their temperature will be checked at the entrance to the training ground. They will park in a designated space, three spaces away from anyone else.
There will be no food on the training ground. They will train in a group of five for up to 75 minutes. They will be encouraged to wear a mask or snood. It will not be allowed to face or spit. Everything will be disinfected, including ball, pitch, poles, cones and other training equipment.
Players must keep social distances at all times. If players are injured, they will be treated by a physio wearing PPE, which at least must include a mask, gloves and an apron.
After training, players will immediately return home.
Players will also be tested at least twice a week and will have a mini doctor to check for any underlying respiratory or heart problems. All players will be tested in the 48 hours before training.
Foreign players returning to England will not be able to enter the training ground for 14 days.
The goal is to make the Premier League training camps among the safest places in England.
All clubs must have a Covid-19 operational policy and a designated Covid-19 officer.
Do the players want to go back to work?
It is fair to say that most players want to go back, but only when it is safe. If they receive the insurance they are looking for, they will likely agree to start training again under strictly controlled circumstances starting next Monday.
Players want to know what will happen to players who have asthma or other respiratory conditions. They want to know why official data show that BAME groups are more likely to develop and die than Covid-19.
There are also questions about the so-called consent forms that players must sign.
Players are asked to sign the forms to agree to comply with their Covid-19 club’s operating policy, but they must be sure that they do not sign any of their legal or employment rights.
The PFA also wants to make sure that players who don’t want to return yet will be treated fairly and won’t be frozen or deferred.
What happens next?
The Premier League will also meet with club officials on Wednesday.
If everyone is happy with the proposals – clubs, players and managers – training can resume if approved by the government and public health in England.
Football officials, including the Premier League, will meet with Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden on Thursday.
The next Premier League shareholder meeting is scheduled for next Monday.
Join Sky Bet Club and track your progress towards a £ 5 free bet
Enter and bet £ 25 or more before 11:59 PM on Sunday. Free bets credited by 7pm on Monday.