English club training under surprise observation


English club training under surprise observation


                    Carl Recine

A team of inspectors from the English Football League will pay surprise visits to the clubs to monitor how serious they are in respecting the rules of social distance during training.

The English Premier League clubs agreed on Monday to allow group exercises in small groups from Tuesday, amid stringent health measures, in preparation for the resumption of the season that has stopped since March due to the outbreak of the Corona virus.

The clubs unanimously stressed at the “draft appeal” meeting held on Monday, that players adhere to the rules of social separation, while preventing frictions in exercises.

“We have put in place laws and protocols about our ability to monitor clubs,” the Premier League Football Director Richard Garlick was quoted as saying in the newspapers.

He added: “We can request data through the training videos. We are also looking to send our own inspection team that will give us the ability to monitor the training fields without warning.”

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The training sessions in the first stage will be limited to 75 minutes only, and the players must be divided into groups, each with a maximum of 5 players.

He continued: “We will increase the number of inspectors gradually until we are able to be present in every training ground, this will give us confidence that the protocols are adopted as they should.”

The Premier League did not address the date of the appeal, but the government’s “road map” a few days ago would open the way for sports competitions to return without an audience starting from the first of next June, with a tendency to return the “Premier League” wheel to rotation starting in mid-June.

The English Premier League on March 13 and Liverpool stopped at the top, 25 points behind its nearest competitors, Manchester City, and needed to win two out of 9 games to be crowned champions for the first time in 30 years.

Source: “AFP”


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