Premier League bosses are struggling to convince clubs it will be safe to resume games next month – raising fresh doubts about if the season will get finished.
Premier League rulers now have just 72 hours to outline detailed proposals to clubs on how players, managers and staff will be protected from Covid-19 once proper training and matches return.
All 20 top-flight clubs will be asked to vote on the medical protocol measures next week – in a move that will make or break the chances of “Project Restart’ being successful.
If no agreement can be reached it will leave Premier League chief executive Richard Masters with little choice but to ask UEFA for more time beyond the May 25 deadline to confirm secure plans on how the domestic campaign will get completed.
The Premier League could be back next month
Premier League officials held talks with the Government, Football Association and Football League on Thursday about the next steps to coming back.
A host of issues were discussed which saw the EFL demand more financial help from the Premier League to stop clubs going bankrupt, while the Government have agreed to review proposals to stage top flight games at neutral venues.
But the biggest stumbling block when it comes to restarting the season remains the issues regarding player welfare.
Richard Masters is the Premier League chief executive
Clubs have become paranoid about the huge risks involved with asking stars to return to training before the correct measures have been put in place and rubber stamped.
Training grounds, along with equipment, have to be sanitised on a daily basis while players have to be tested for the virus before being allowed to take part in small group sessions.
But clubs have still to be told how much time stars are allowed to spend at training grounds and when full team training will be allowed to happen again.
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