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Premier to resume campaign in June

The Premier League accelerated plans to resume competition in neutral stadiums on Friday, meeting separately with the government and its clubs to discuss necessary logistics.

Players from some clubs returned to training camps this week to work individually, but Great Britain remains in a national lockdown until Thursday next week.

Various forms of social distancing will remain in effect even if lockdown is loosened, but clubs hope to resume collective training.

The Premier will need thousands of COVID-19 tests so players and coaches can be tested regularly, but there is a national shortage. And that is a big problem.

The goal is to resume the league season after June 8, after a three-month suspension.

Police expressed concerns that fans would congregate outside stadiums if their team played at home. Therefore, no team will play the rest of the games in their own stadium.

The league does not expect all 20 stadiums to receive a safety certificate, as police and medical resources across the country are being used to their fullest capacity to deal with the pandemic.

British culture minister Oliver Dowen said he was working on other plans intended to please the British "who desperately want football to come back."

"We simply held the first of many detailed meetings to plan a safe return to elite sport behind closed doors, when and only when it is safe to do so on the basis of medical advice from experts," tweeted Dowden, the government's oversight officer for the sport. .

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