- Premier League could return to the screens by June 1
- The UK government has given a go-ahead for sports to return
- Boris Johnson however made it clear that football can return only if it is played behind closed-doors
The English Premier League could return as early as June 1 as reports have it that the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has stated that sport will be permitted to be broadcast from behind closed doors.
Premier League has been on hold since mid-March following the widespread of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic which has killed almost 32,000 in the UK alone where there are close to 220,000 confirmed cases.
A 60-page roadmap was reportedly unveiled by the Government on Monday, May 11, in which various protocols were outlined including the return of professional sport.
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In it, Boris Johnson made it clear that football can return only if it is played behind closed-doors, but can be aired on TV to avoid the risk of large-scale social contact.
However, the document stated that venues such as cinemas and hairdressers reopening will not open until earliest, July 4.
"Some venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to reopen safely at this point, or may be able to open safely only in part.
"Nevertheless the Government will wish to open as many businesses and public places as the data and information at the time allows.
"In order to facilitate the fastest possible reopening of these types of higher-risk businesses and public places, the Government will carefully phase and pilot reopenings to test their ability to adopt the new COVID-19 Secure guidelines,” the document said.
Page 21 of the document warns that opening of venues such as sports stadia "may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections".
Meanwhile, clubs are gradually returning to training as a number of Arsenal stars have reported to training after 47 days in isolation, no thanks to the coronavirus crisis.
Defender David Luiz and reserve keeper Emiliano Martinez were the first couple of players to be pictured arriving at the London Colney training centre in Hertfordshire.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Premier League table toppers Liverpool have been allowed to return to training ahead of a possible restart of the season which was suspended since mid-March, no thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
SunSport revealed five days ago a ‘major’ Premier League side had sent testing kits to players’ homes, with a view to getting them back in action.
Manager Jurgen Klopp earlier insisted that he would not head back to training until all players have been cleared to return.
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