The Premier League teams are to restart training after the clubs have unanimously voted to return to training on Tuesday, albeit in small groups. Players must observe social distancing rules, and contact training is not permitted.
This is hailed as a major first step of what is dubbed as Project Restart, a project to eventually restart the Premier League, which has been suspended on 13 Mar at GW29.
Following the Bundesliga
Over the weekend, the Bundesliga resumed with 9 fixtures behind closed doors and as expected, Bayern Munich won again to retain their 4 points lead at the time. Borussia Dortmund also put up an entertaining display to beat cross town rivals Schalke 04. Oh, Norwegian sensation Erling Braut Håland found the net, picking up exactly where he left off.
It took the Bundesliga five weeks of contact-less training before the league was resumed. If the Premier League was to follow this schedule, we would be looking at a possible resumption date of 12 June.
Rest of Europe
Different European countries have taken very different approaches and other than Germany, no major football leagues are close to full resumption of football action.
The French have already cancelled their season, declaring PSG champions.
Closer to home, the Scottish season has just been cancelled with Celtic being declared champions and Hearts relegated.
Also, Belarus did not put a stop to their football season and perennial champions BATE Borisov are top after 9 games.
Other Dates to Note
- 19 May: Players may return to group training under social distancing protocols
- 25 May: Uefa deadline for leagues to have finalised plan for restarting seasons
- 1 June: Government date for possible return of elite sport behind closed doors
- 12 June: Premier League initially aiming to return with first fixture
No decision has been made about the beloved Fantasy Premier League.
Incidentally, last weekend (16 / 17 May) was the original GW38 and it meant that currently, no further transfers are available to FPL managers. However, this is unlikely to bear significant consequences as most FPL managers have stopped checking on their squads after GW29.
Watch this space as we continuously provide the latest update.
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