PFA chief suggests shorter matches to lighten player load

LONDON: Head of the Association of Professional English Soccer Players ( PFA ) has raised the possibility of playing shorter matches to lighten the player load if the season can be restarted.

English clubs remain committed to completing the campaign despite serious concerns about the well-being of the players.

Players could be tested up to three times a week and forced to be quarantined in hotels away from their families for several weeks to help limit the risk of becoming infected with coronavirus .

With 92 games in Premier league With the season still to play, players may have little preparation time to work out their fitness in group training before playing twice a week.

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FIFA They proposed increasing the number of substitutes allowed per side from three to five to also reduce the risk of fatigue and injury for the players upon their return.

Safety has to be paramount, PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor he told the BBC.

We do not know the future. What we do know is what proposals have been presented, what ideas have been presented, the possibility of having more substitutes, the games may not be the full 45 minutes each way.

There is talk of neutral stages. Many things have been presented.

Try to wait and see what the proposals are, and then have the courtesy of letting managers, coaches, and players take that in as well and come to a considered point of view.

The Premier league 's "Project Restart" has been met with some resistance over plans for all remaining games to take place at up to 10 neutral venues.

The remaining matches would have to be played behind closed doors, but it is feared that fans may congregate around the stadiums.

Some high-level clubs have argued that under those circumstances there should be no decline as the sporting integrity of the competition is compromised.

However, president of the English soccer league (EFL) Rick Parry He said denying promotion to three Championship clubs would end in legal battles.

Lawyers will get rich if that happens, Parry told the Digital, Culture, Media and Sports committee on Tuesday.

There would be a degree of outrage from various clubs in our Championship, and it would be a violation of the tripartite agreement.

The safe answer is that it would get very messy. Our expectation is that there will be three clubs promoted from the Championship.

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