Gordon Taylor: PFA chief considers halves of less than 45minutes for matches

Gordon Taylor: PFA chief considers halves of less than 45minutes for matches

- Gordon Taylor is suggesting a reduced duration for matches when EPL returns

- Taylor wants two halves of less than 45 minutes to be considered

- Premier League has a tentative resumption date of June 8

The chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association Gordon Taylor has suggested that two halves of less than 45 minutes should be considered for matches when the Premier League resumes.

Premier League chiefs are not sure when the games would resume, but a tentative date of June 8 has been announced for a restart of the league.

There are ongoing discussions as regards measures on protecting all stakeholders before the restart of the competition, but Taylor says players’ safety should be paramount.

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"They are not stupid," he told BBC Radio 4. "They would have to be satisfied that it is safe to return, and it is their choice."

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"We don't know the future but we do know is what propositions have been put, what ideas have been put, the possibility of having more substitutes, games possibly not being the full 45 minutes each way with talks of neutral stadiums," said Taylor.

This is coming barely three days after the chairman of English Premier League club Crystal Palace Steve Parish stated that the suspended 2019/2020 league season should return or else the game might never recover.

EPL and other top leagues across Europe were suspended as coronavirus crisis continue to ravage world economies, with more than 245,000 deaths across the globe.

Premier League chiefs are at crossroads as to decide what should be done to the league because the end of the pandemic is not in sight.

Varying dates have surfaced as regards the resumption of the competition as Premier League clubs have decided to complete the season.

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Legit.ng earlier reported that Liverpool's chances of lifting their first-ever Premier League title on home soil are slim as some other clubs reportedly wants the remainder of the season played at neutral grounds.

The EPL has been on suspension since mid-March following the outbreak of deadly coronavirus killing thousands around the globe.

However, with most countries already easing out of total lockdown, talks have also resumed over the return of the English topflight.

One of the major points of discussion, when the stakeholders meet, would be around venues to be used which could lead to teams playing on neutral turf.

Also, the UK's national football policing lead Deputy Chief Constable Mark Roberts told the Press Association that allowing the games to resume at their original venue will pose a big risk to the emergency officers who are already stressed out with COVID-19 problem.

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