COVID-19: Premier League to Use Inspectors to Enforce Training Rules

MANCHESTER: The social distancing restrictions in force for Premier league The return to training will be monitored by a team of inspectors to ensure that the clubs play according to the new rules, the league director football he said Monday.

Richard Garlick told reporters that the league would introduce unannounced visits to training camps where, starting Tuesday, small groups can conduct contactless training.

“We can also request video information of the sessions and GPS data. We are also looking to incorporate our own independent audit inspection team that we will expand in the coming days, giving us the ability to conduct inspections at the training grounds to start without notice, Garlick said.

Initially, training sessions should be limited to 75 minutes and players can only work in groups of maximum five players.

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A team that started contact training, large group training, or held longer sessions could gain an advantage over other clubs, so the league is following the inspection route.

Gradually, our goal is to increase that so that we can have an inspector at each training ground. That will allow us to give everyone confidence that protocols are being followed, and give the public confidence that we are trying to create a very safe working environment, Garlick added.


League medical adviser Mark Gillett said public health England had told football not to expect any significant easing in the need for social distancing in the near future.

“They’ve made it very clear that the public health situation is not going to change over the next six to 12 months. In terms of social distancing and that cultural change we are asking football ers to make, I think we are going to face that for the foreseeable future," he said.

If the season starts again as planned in June, the league also expects Liverpool to receive the trophy in a ceremony, if, as expected, Juergen Klopp's team, who have a 25-point lead, will capture their first league title in 30 years.

If possible, yes. We would like to have a trophy presentation to give the players and staff the moment they have worked so hard for. We would try to do it unless it was not possible for security reasons, CEO Richard Masters said.