London, May 18 (efe-epa).- Premier League clubs have unanimously voted to return to training from Tuesday this week.
Players will be required to train in small groups with the idea of getting the English top-flight division back up and running by June.
“Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to return to small-group training from tomorrow afternoon, the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so,” the organization said in a statement.
“Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted.
“This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the Government.
“The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process.”
The statement said consultation with the players, managers and clubs for when full-contact training could resume would be ongoing.
The United Kingdom government has already given the green light for the league resume behind closed doors with the date June 12 being floated as an option.
Managers have requested a four-week preseason before the league kicks off again.
The news comes following a weekend in which the German league, the Bundesliga, kicked off again behind closed doors.
Everton have said they would refund season ticket holders for the final five games of the season assuming that they are played behind closed doors.
“Season Ticket Members will be entitled to a credit or refund on a pro-rata basis for the five games and will also be given the option to forgo part or all of their balance in order for the Club to donate that amount in full over to Everton in the Community,” the club said, referring to its charity branch.EFE-EPA