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EPL announces teams can restart contact training

The EPL is moving forward with plans for teams to start contract training. We break down the latest as the league attempts to restart amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

General view of Anfield on April 14, 2019 in Liverpool, England. Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

The English Premier League announced on Wednesday morning they have voted to move to stage two of their season restart and resume contact training. League owners have been pushing targeting June 12th for a return to competitive matches.

This all comes following prime minister Boris Johnson unveiling a plan on May 11th for restarting the EPL season. That called for a return to sporting events no earlier than June 1st, assuming five tests were met. England has remained behind Germany in moving through the Covid-19 pandemic, but Johnson is moving the country into phase 2 of its return, with schools partially reopening primary schools on the 1st.

Here is the full statement from the EPL.

Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.

Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.

The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants.

Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.

Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government.

Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow.