Project Restart: Premier League facing decisive week over season resumption

The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic

The Premier League is set for a few decisive days to determine whether it is possible to resume and complete the current season.

Club officers will meet on Monday to continue negotiations on restarting the project.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson did not mention professional sport in presenting plans to reopen society on Sunday.

The government is expected to announce on Monday that some elite athletes may begin an initial phase of training in a restricted group later this week.

This will depend on the completion and acceptance of medical protocols.

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So far, football players have limited themselves to individual training.

A vote on the use of neutral venues is not expected during the Premier League meeting on Monday – a sign that six or seven clubs are estimated to remain against the idea.

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But the talks represent a big step towards establishing whether there is an appetite for playing the season.

League bosses do not believe that there is broad support for abandoning abandonment and are confident that there is a consensus to return to training, regardless of when permission to play again is granted.

The league has been suspended since March 13 because of the coronavirus pandemic, but plans to resume in June, with most clubs facing nine games.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden is due to meet football officials on Thursday.

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Later this week, the Premier League will also hold talks with the Professional Football Players Association and the League Managers Association, after digesting the medical protocols necessary for returning to phased training and then the full competition, and will receive comments from its members.

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On Sunday, the prime minister said people in England could "play sports, but only with members of their own home".

Dowden tweeted