Government opens the door for football to return safely in June

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LONDON: Plans to resume football have progressed with the government “opening the door” for a June resumption, according to Secretary of State for Digital, Culture. Dowden chaired a meeting with chief executives from the Premier League, EFL and Football Association to discuss plans to restart the season next month.

And he said: “Today’s positive meeting I hosted with the football authorities progressed plans for the resumption of the professional game in England.

“We all agreed that we will only go ahead if it is safe to do so and the health and welfare of players, coaches and staff comes first.

“The Government is opening the door for competitive football to return safely in June.

“This should include widening access for fans to view live coverage and ensure finances from the game’s resumption supports the wider football family.

“It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans, and there is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.

“The Government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support to the game ahead of any final decision which would put these plans into action.”

Deputy chief medical officer for England Professor Jonathan Van-Tam has warned the success of socially-distanced training will determine how soon competitive matches can return. He said: “We will have to see how that goes before it is time to move on or even think about moving on to the return of competitive football matches.  —Agencies

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