Premier League clubs told neu­tral venues es­sen­tial

Fiji Sun - - SPORTS -

Lon­don: Neu­tral venues will be the only way to com­plete the sea­son, Premier League clubs were told dur­ing a video con­fer­ence on Fri­day.

“Up to 10 sta­di­ums” would be used to re­sume the 2019-20 cam­paign.

The Premier League would also need up to 40,000 tests for play­ers and staff if plans to play the 92 out­stand­ing games be­hind closed doors are pur­sued.

Clubs re­it­er­ated a com­mit­ment to re­sum­ing the sea­son “when safe and ap­pro­pri­ate to do so”. The con­fer­ence fol­lowed a sep­a­rate meet­ing, hosted by cul­ture sec­re­tary Oliver Dow­den, in­volv­ing med­i­cal ex­perts from sev­eral sports or­gan­i­sa­tions, gov­ern­ment and Pub­lic Health Eng­land, about “step­ping up plan­ning” for sport’s even­tual re­turn.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from foot­ball, rugby union, cricket, rac­ing and fund­ing body UK Sport were present.

Dow­den in­tro­duced the meet­ing and said elite sport would re­turn be­hind closed doors “when, and only when, it is safe to do so on the ba­sis of ex­pert med­i­cal ad­vice.”

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