Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham agree to stage one of Premier League’s Project Restart plan

Premier League clubs have formally agreed to the first stage of Project Restart by agreeing to return to training this week.

All 20 top-flight clubs reconvened on Monday to discuss the latest plans to complete the 2019/20 season.

Whilst a clear format is yet to be agreed on how to finish the remaining 92 matches of the campaign, Premier League clubs have agreed for their players to return to training this week.

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This is the first major breakthrough for Project Restart after weeks of discussions and several setbacks after opposition from select Premier League clubs.

A statement from the Premier League on Monday said: “Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to return to small-group training from tomorrow afternoon, the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so.

“Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted.

“This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the Government.

Coronavirus is having an impact across sport in Europe, with football league schedules suspended in several countries, including in England, Spain and Italy. But what happens next?

  – The Champions League and Europa League have been suspended, and UEFA have announced plans for what could happen next.

  – The Premier League clubs are set for more talks with a key vote over the next steps regarding training.

  – Decisions have been made regarding other leagues across Europe, including in France, Holland and Germany.

  – Decisions have been made regarding the National League and other non-league football.

  – We asked the fans what they want to see happen, following the suspension of football in the Premier League. Here’s what they said.

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