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2019 08 20b Retrieve

[Is invading a football pitch against the law? The Football (Offences) Act 1991 states] It is an offence for a person at a designated football match to go onto the playing area, or any area adjacent to the playing area to which spectators are not generally admitted, without lawful authority or lawful excuse (which shall be for him to prove)

[Meanwhile, courts will very likely give convicted offenders a football banning order] The court must make a football banning order where an offender has been convicted of a relevant offence and it is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds to believe that making a banning order would help to prevent violence or disorder (Football Spectators Act 1989, s.14A). The order requires the offender to report to a police station within five days, may require the offender to surrender his or her passport, and may impose requirements on the offender in relation to any regulated football matches

2019 08 24 Retrieve

[Bury FC given short-term lifeline as EFL grants extension for takeover of League One club] The Board has fully considered the information that has been made available by C&N Sporting Risk and whilst no formal sale has been completed, despite reports to the contrary, enough credible information was presented to allow the Board to agree to work exclusively with the Club and C&N Sporting Risk over this Bank Holiday weekend in an attempt to finalise the change of control and achieve a positive outcome for Bury FC.

The League cannot be in a position whereby any more of the club’s fixtures will be suspended due to the integrity of the competition, the impact on other clubs in the League and therefore has stated that matters must be concluded by 5pm on Tuesday. If in the event a successful outcome is not achieved by this point, then Bury FC’s share in the EFL will be withdrawn and its membership in the League will come to an end

2019 08 26 Retrieve

[Bolton Wanderers face liquidation this week unless a deal to buy the club can be resurrected by 17:00 BST on Tuesday] The EFL have made their position clear by insisting on a 17:00 BST deadline on Tuesday for a deal to be completed or give compelling reasons for an extension. They have also written to everybody concerned in the process to underline that sense of urgency. On Sunday evening, there was some tentative dialogue, but we are still some way from reaching a solution. Therefore, I am appealing to those parties whose position seems intractable to do everything to reach a compromise.

In just over 24 hours, the club will have its membership of the EFL revoked. Over and above that, the club is currently not in a position to carry on trading and, as such, the process of closing down the company will commence on Wednesday. This will ultimately lead to its liquidation, the expulsion of the club from the EFL and the inevitable loss of over 150 jobs. More than that, it will devastate a community for whom the football club is a beacon of hope and expectation

2019 08 27 Retrieve

[Bury FC on the brink after potential buyer pulls out. C&N Sporting Risk have now pulled out of the deal following a period of due diligence] The EFL board has been informed that C&N Sporting Risk will no longer be pursuing their interest in Bury. The league announced at the weekend that it was working exclusively with the club and C&N in an attempt to finalise a change of control at the club. However, following a period of due diligence, C&N have opted not to progress matters. The league continues to be in discussions with Bury in advance of today’s 5pm deadline and will provide a further update as appropriate

2019 08 28 Retrieve

[Bury FC expelled from Football League after collapse of takeover deal] Today is undoubtedly one of the darkest days in the League’s recent history. The EFL has worked determinedly and tirelessly to avoid this outcome and it is with a heavy heart that this situation has been forced upon us. No one wanted to be in this position but following repeated missed deadlines, the suspension of five League fixtures, in addition to not receiving the evidence we required in regard to financial commitments and a possible takeover not materialising; the EFL Board has been forced to take the most difficult of decisions

[Meanwhile another League One side, Bolton Wanderers, are set to experience a similar fate as Bury should they not solve their financial crisis in the next 14 days] Despite repeated assurances, we are extremely disappointed that we are still not in a position to reach a successful resolution with the sale of Bolton Wanderers and have therefore taken the decision to lift the suspension on the notice of withdrawal. I again urge all parties to finalise the proposed takeover. The reality of this action is that there are now 14 days to secure the Club’s long-term future, and I sincerely hope we can find a way through these challenging circumstances for the benefit of all those who have an association with the Club

2019 09 04 Retrieve

[The Deloitte Annual Review of Football Finance covering the 2017-18 English Football League season revealed that broadcast revenues – including parachute payments – accounted for over 50 per cent of total Championship revenues. Those parachute payments totalled some £243 million ($295m) which, Deloitte adds, was the highest ever total paid in a single season. Hull City’s parachute payments alone accounted for 75% of total revenue] interest-free soft loans from shareholders constituted 78% of total debt. That emphasises the extent to which Championship clubs are dependent on owners pumping in the cash. Bolton’s late owner Eddie Davies waived £170m ($206m) of loans in 2016 but without his funding the club slid towards oblivion in 2018-19. The wages and transfer fees that clubs are committing, their actual revenue can’t substantiate it on its own basis. They are reliant on owner funding. We’re probably in a unique situation being such a big league and not being a top league in Europe. But the reality is, what are our clubs playing for? They are playing for the absolute opportunity to get promoted to the Premier League so they can share in the riches that come from competing in that competition

The big clubs would love to have the opportunity of owning, controlling, funding, ‘fostering’ a smaller club from one of our competitions on the basis they believe that would best help the development of their players. But English football is relatively unique; we’ve got 92 full professional teams. Each one of them is sovereign; it runs itself. It’s there for the benefit of the local community. And every time the question has been approached our clubs are adamant: they want clubs to be individual; they want to have their own identity; they want to be able to make their own decisions. That’s always been the strength of English football for many, many years. Our rules are set to make sure that another club cannot dominate the future prospects of another team and I think that’s where we’ll be for some considerable period of time

2019 09 24 Retrieve

[English top-flight’s governing body is currently in talks with Twitter over what can be done to stop the hateful speech to be displayed on the social media platform] The Premier League, EFL and FA met Twitter today [Friday] with respect to the ongoing concerns surrounding discriminatory and hateful conduct taking place on the platform. The meeting was productive and positive, and gave both the football authorities and Twitter an opportunity to examine some of the specific issues around this unacceptable behaviour both online and offline. All parties agreed to take these constructive discussions forward

2019 11 02 Retrieve

[Firmino’s armpit ruled offside as Premier League explains disallowed goal amid more VAR outrage] The red line signifies Firmino and was aligned to his armpit, which was marginally ahead of the last Aston Villa defender

2019 11 05 Retrieve

[The EFL released a statement of their own on quarter-final tie between Aston Villa and Liverpool] The EFL has been engaged in discussions with Liverpool for a number of months regarding the possibility of needing to find a suitable date for the club to meet its commitments to the Carabao Cup, as well as the FIFA Club World Cup. Having considered all possible scenarios, the EFL has now accepted a request from the club to play the fixture on the scheduled date, during the designated week for the quarter-finals in the domestic fixture calendar, with Liverpool committing to fielding a team that is largely consistent with those that have participated in earlier rounds of this season’s competition. The players selected on the teamsheet must meet the competition’s selection requirements, which are outlined in the competition’s rules with, Regulation 6.5 stating: ‘Each club shall play its full available strength in and during all cup competition matches, unless some satisfactory reason is given’

2019 11 29 Retrieve

[David Pemsel, the former Guardian Media Group CEO due to take over as chief executive of the Premier League, has resigned from the role before starting after allegations of harassment] Following media disclosures earlier this week and discussions with David Pemsel, the Premier League has today accepted David’s resignation and he will no longer be joining as chief executive

2019 12 23 Retrieve

[Premier League pledges support to Tottenham and Chelsea following racism incidents] The Premier League and our clubs will not tolerate discrimination in any form. If people are found to have racially abused Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger or Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-min, they deserve to be punished. We will support Tottenham Hotspur FC and Chelsea FC in their pursuit of any perpetrators and call for appropriate action to be taken by the authorities and the clubs. We appreciate the millions of supporters who help create a positive Premier League matchday atmosphere and have made it clear that racist conduct or language is unacceptable

The Premier League uses a protocol specifically designed to support players, managers and match officials who believe they are being subjected to discriminatory abuse during a match. This protocol is intended to ensure that abuse is stopped and offenders dealt with efficiently by clubs and police.

2020 02 06 Retrieve

[Premier League scrap early summer transfer deadline with 2020 window set for September 1 closure] At a Shareholders’ Meeting today, Premier League clubs voted to adopt a change to the Summer Transfer Window closing date for season 2020/21. This will move the closing date back to the traditional point at the end of August/early September. The 2020 closing date will therefore be 17:00 BST on 1 September (31 August 2020 being a UK Bank Holiday). Clubs agreed after discussing the topic at length at previous Shareholders’ Meetings

2020 02 15 Retrieve

[How will Man City’s ban affect Champions League qualification in the Premier League?] A club which is not admitted to the competition is replaced by the next best-placed club in the top domestic championship of the same association, provided the new club fulfils the admission criteria

2020 03 04 Retrieve

[Premier League Hall of Fame] Membership of the Premier League Hall of Fame will be the highest individual honour awarded to players by the League

2020 03 05 Retrieve

[Premier League forces matches behind closed doors] For health reasons there will be no shaking of hands between players ahead of Premier League matches. The Premier League fair-play handshake will not take place between players and match officials from this weekend until further notice based on medical advice. Coronavirus is spread via droplets from the nose and mouth and can be transmitted on to the hands and passed on via a handshake. Clubs and match officials will still perform the rest of the traditional walk-out protocol ahead of each fixture. On entering the field of play, the two teams will continue to line up, accompanied by the Premier League music, then players from the home team will walk past their opposition without shaking their hands

2020 03 12 Retrieve

[Premier League set for emergency coronavirus meeting after previously announcing games would go ahead as planned] Following the latest update from Government issued this afternoon, all Premier League matches will go ahead as scheduled this weekend. While the Prime Minister advised that all sporting events should take place as normal for now, he also indicated that Government is considering banning major public events, like sporting fixtures. We are therefore continuing to work closely with our clubs, Government, The FA, EFL and other relevant stakeholders to ensure appropriate contingency plans are in place as and when circumstances change. The welfare of players, staff and supporters is of paramount importance and we will continue to follow Public Health England guidelines thoroughly

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[EPL matches postponed to combat coronavirus spread] The FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship have collectively agreed to postpone the professional game in England until 3 April at the earliest

2020 03 13b Retrieve

[Coronavirus: Premier League postponed until April 3 at the earliest amid Covid-19 outbreak] Following a meeting of Shareholders today, it was unanimously decided to suspend the Premier League with the intention of returning on 4 April, subject to medical advice and conditions at the time

2020 03 18 Retrieve

[EFL announces release of £50m short-term relief fund to aid clubs amid coronavirus pandemic] As part of the League’s continued contingency planning, the board heard the comments and observations from EFL clubs, before discussing a number of issues including the current financial position and implications, insurance, regulatory matters and broadcasting arrangements.

Discussions centred on financial relief for clubs in the short term and while there is no one single solution, measures are to be put in place to immediately assist with cash flow via a £50m short-term relief package.

This fund consists of the remaining Basic Award payments being advanced to clubs immediately, with the remainder made up through interest-free loan facility available to clubs, calculated in line with the EFL’s Article of Associations.

The cash injection is included as part of a series of measures, that includes potential government support to help clubs and their associated businesses through this period of uncertainty. The primary objective, in order to protect competition integrity, is to deliver a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season, subject to the over-riding priority around health and well-being.

The EFL is continuing regular dialogue with the government and relevant health authorities and, as and when more information is known regarding the scale and extent of the coronavirus outbreak in this country, a decision will be taken on the resumption of the Leagues fixtures

This is appropriate given the scale and significance of the event to the football calendar, new sponsor Leasing.com, the EFL, both Clubs involved and their supporters.

Over 50,000 tickets have been sold for the showpiece final, and the EFL does not want to be in a position whereby many thousands of supporters are forced to change their plans at late notice, so the decision has been taken in the best interest of all parties

2020 03 19 Retrieve

[Suspension of Premier League extended until April 30 amid coronavirus pandemic] The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by Covid-19

We’re united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

We’ve collectively supported UEFA in postponing Euro 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition.

The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that ‘the season shall terminate no later than June 1’ and ‘each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season’.

However, our Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019-20 season in relation to professional football. Additionally, we’ve collectively agreed that the professional game in England will be further postponed until no earlier than Thursday, April 30.

The progress of Covid-19 remains unclear and we can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority. We will continue to follow Government advice and work collaboratively to keep the situation under review and explore all options available to find ways of resuming the season when the conditions allow. We would all like to re-emphasise that our thoughts are with everyone affected by Covid-19

2020 03 19b Retrieve

[Will Leeds United & West Brom be promoted from Championship if Premier League was cancelled?] The primary objective, in order to protect competition integrity, is to deliver a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season, subject to the over-riding priority around health and well-being. The primary objective, in order to protect competition integrity, is to deliver a successful conclusion to the 2019/20 season, subject to the over-riding priority around health and well-being

2020 03 20 Retrieve

[Premier League in the United Kingdom decided to further suspend the competition until April 30] The FA, Premier League, EFL and women’s professional game, together with the PFA and LMA, understand we are in unprecedented times and our thoughts are with everyone affected by Covid-19. We’re united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. We’ve collectively supported UEFA in postponing Euro 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition

2020 03 24 Retrieve

[A joint statement from the FA and the Premier League was later released, signalling their intent to finish the season whenever it was possible] The FA’s Rules and Regulations state that ‘the season shall terminate not later than the 1 June’ and ‘each competition shall, within the limit laid down by The FA, determine the length of its own playing season’. However, The FA’s Board has agreed for this limit to be extended indefinitely for the 2019/20 season in relation to Professional Football

2020 03 27 Retrieve

[What will the Premier League match schedule look like after the coronavirus break?] We are united in our commitment to finding ways of resuming the 2019-20 football season and ensuring all domestic and European club league and cup matches are played as soon as it is safe and possible to do so. We have collectively supported UEFA in postponing Euro 2020 to create space in the calendar to ensure domestic and European club league and cup matches have an increased opportunity to be played and, in doing so, maintain the integrity of each competition

With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition. However, any return to play will only be with the full support of Government and when medical guidance allows

2020 03 27b Retrieve

[Premier League, EFL and PFA face ‘difficult decisions’ as leagues won’t return until April 30 at the earliest] The Premier League, EFL and PFA met today and discussed the growing seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic. It was stressed that the thoughts of all three organisations continue to be with everyone affected by the virus. The Premier League, EFL and PFA agreed that difficult decisions will have to be taken in order to mitigate the economic impact of the current suspension of professional football in England and agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions. The leagues will not recommence until April 30 at the earliest. They will only do so when it is safe and conditions allow. Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans

2020 04 01 Retrieve

[FSA joins FA and Premier League in urging fans to stay home to combat coronavirus] Covid-19 has presented a hugely challenging and uncertain time for everyone and our thoughts are with all those directly affected by the pandemic. The Government’s message is clear – stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives.

We are all committed to getting back to playing the game we love – but only when it is safe to do so. Amid the current uncertainty, supporters will understandably have a number of questions relating to the season and the clubs they follow, and there are no quick answers to how and when we will return to what used to be our football normality.

The Football Supporters’ Association (FSA), Premier League, EFL and The FA want to reiterate that clubs and their supporters have a vital role to play in supporting the Government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity. While there is no football, our sport can still play its part

The work of clubs, staff, volunteers and fans is making a difference to those in need. The FSA, Premier League, EFL and The FA encourage all clubs and supporters’ groups to remain in contact during this difficult time and, where possible, support one another in their community efforts. We also extend our gratitude to those football supporters who are key workers, and those who have offered their support on a volunteer basis. We urge fans across the country to follow the ongoing Government advice, to provide us all with the best opportunity to keep fans and communities safe. It is also important to note that any official communications will come from the Government and football authorities themselves. Please follow our official channels for this information. As the situation is regularly changing, the Premier League, EFL and The FA will continue to consult the FSA and keep supporters updated on the progress made as soon as is practically possible. Thank you, once again, for your continued patience, work and support

2020 04 02 Retrieve

[The intention to complete the season] The meeting (on Wednesday) reiterated that the overriding priority is the health and well-being of the nation - including that of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters – and everyone agreed football must only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so. No decisions were taken today with discussions set to continue in the next 48 hours with a focus on several high-profile matters, including player wages and the resumption of the 2019-20 season

2020 04 02b Retrieve

[PFA and the Premier League are currently in discussions about player wages] Senior representatives from the PFA, Premier League, EFL and LMA met today and shared a constructive meeting regarding the challenges facing the game as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. The meeting reiterated that the overriding priority is the health and well-being of the nation - including that of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters – and everyone agreed football must only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so. No decisions were taken today with discussions set to continue in the next 48 hours with a focus on several high-profile matters, including player wages and the resumption of the 2019-20 season

2020 04 03 Retrieve

[Coronavirus: Premier League hold discussions over 30% player wage cuts and pledge funds to ‘heroic’ NHS] In the face of substantial and continuing losses for the 2019-20 season since the suspension of matches began, and to protect employment throughout the professional game, Premier League clubs unanimously agreed to consult their players regarding a combination of conditional reductions and deferrals amounting to 30 per cent of total annual remuneration. This guidance will be kept under constant review as circumstances change. The League will be in regular contact with the PFA and the union will join a meeting which will be held tomorrow between the League, players and club representatives

[Regarding the donation to the NHS] Further to that assistance, the League remains committed to supporting the National Health Service, its staff and helping people in communities, not least those who are most vulnerable. The League, clubs, players and managers express huge appreciation for the heroic efforts of NHS staff and all other key workers who are carrying out critical jobs in such difficult circumstances. In consultation with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Premier League is immediately committing £20 million to support the NHS, communities, families and vulnerable groups during the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes a direct financial contribution to the NHS and funds to enable clubs to refocus their efforts and develop significant outreach programmes to help communities, including those most in need. This funding will enable both immediate and longer-term support during the crisis

Discussions also took place regarding financial relief for clubs in the short term and while there is no single solution, measures are to be put in place to immediately deal with the impact of falling cash flow. Critically, the League unanimously voted to advance funds of £125m to the EFL and National League as it is aware of the severe difficulties clubs throughout the football pyramid are suffering at this time

2020 04 03b Retrieve

[Premier League return suspended indefinitely due to coronavirus pandemic] It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so. The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time. The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution. With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition. However, any return to play will only be with the full support of Government and when medical guidance allows. The sporting and financial implications for Premier League clubs as well as for The FA, EFL and National League were considered at today’s

2020 04 19 Retrieve

[Premier League recently insisted that its first priority remains to complete the current season] We are acutely aware of the distress Covid-19 is causing and our thoughts are with all those directly affected by the pandemic. In common with other businesses and industries, the Premier League and our clubs are working through complex planning scenarios. We are actively engaging with stakeholders, including broadcast partners, and our aim is to ensure we are in a position to resume playing when it is safe to do so and with the full support of the Government. The health and wellbeing of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters are our priority and the League will only restart when medical guidance

2020 04 24 Retrieve

[Gary Hoffman named as new Premier League chair] The Premier League is delighted to confirm Gary Hoffman as its new Chair. Today, Shareholders voted unanimously in favour of Gary’s appointment at a special teleconference meeting. He will take over from Interim Chair Claudia Arney on 1 June. Gary is currently the Chairman of Monzo Bank Limited, Hastings Group Holdings plc and Coventry Building Society. He will leave Hastings Group before joining the Premier League. Previously, he was Chairman of the Football Foundation, Chairman of Visa Europe, a Vice-Chairman of Coventry City FC and was appointed to lead Northern Rock through its government bailout. He began his career at Barclays, where he rose to executive positions including Group Vice-Chairman and CEO of Barclaycard

2020 04 25 Retrieve

[EFL calls for coronavirus testing before leagues can return] The position of the EFL remains unchanged in that the priority is to resume the 2019-20 season as soon as it is possible with matches only returning at an appropriate point and based on guidance from the relevant authorities. The health and well-being of the nation has to come first. Clearly, before any return to football can take place, suitable testing arrangements for participants must be in place and this is core to our current planning, as is ensuring there is absolutely no negative impact on the country’s front-line workers, the emergency services, league and club staff members. The EFL’s medical advisor is working with a select group of medical professionals and sports scientists to ensure their collective expertise is utilised to address these issues. This group will consider the latest medical information and evidence from both in the UK and abroad, particularly around the viability and accessibility of the various Covid-19 tests that are currently available

2020 04 29 Retrieve

[When will the Premier League resume?] Safety of the players is one of FIFA’s main priorities. One concern in this regard is that the frequency of matches may increase the risk of potential injuries due to a player overload

2020 05 01 Retrieve

[Premier League reiterates desire to finish 2019-20 season amid coronavirus shutdown] At a meeting of Premier League Shareholders today, clubs discussed possible steps towards planning to resume the 2019-20 season, when it is safe and appropriate to do so. It was reiterated that the thoughts of all are with those directly affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the Premier League’s priority is the health and safety of players, coaches, managers, club staff, supporters and the wider community. The League and clubs are considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with Government guidance, under expert medical advice and after consultation with players and managers. The League welcomed the creation of the Government medical working group for a return of elite sport, which met for the first time this morning. No decisions were taken at today’s Shareholders’ meeting and clubs exchanged views on the information provided regarding ‘Project Restart’. It was agreed that the PFA, LMA, players and managers are key to this process and will be further consulted. The clubs reconfirmed their commitment to finishing the 2019-20 season, maintaining integrity of the competition and welcomed the Government’s support.

2020 05 02 Retrieve

[The Premier League met on Friday to discuss a path forward and said that it was still committed to finishing its 2019-20 campaign] The League and clubs are considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with Government guidance, under expert medical advice and after consultation with players and managers

2020 05 05 Retrieve

[England players make ‘significant’ NHS donation from match fees to fight coronavirus] Following positive discussions with the FA, the England senior men’s squad are pleased to confirm that a significant donation from their international match fees will be made to NHS Charities Together via the #PlayersTogether initiative. This contribution will be taken from a fund already set aside to support a variety of worthy causes using all match fees collated since September 2018. We are also grateful to the FA for committing their support to the #PlayersTogether initiative for the foreseeable future by helping to raise awareness and funds to assist throughout the fight against Covid-19 and beyond. This is in addition to the senior women’s squad’s commitment to #PlayersTogether as we stand united as England players behind the nation during this crisis and our collective prayers and thoughts remain with all those affected

2020 05 15 Retrieve

[League Two clubs vote to end season early as League One still undecided] There were varied views shared in League One and it was determined that there would be a further period of reflection and consultation to understand what creative solutions could be implemented

2020 05 18 Retrieve

[Premier League clubs vote unanimously to step up training after coronavirus break] Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to return to small-group training from tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday), 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. Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible. The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process. Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Premier League confirms six positive Covid-19 tests from three clubs] The Premier League can today confirm that, on Sunday 17 May and Monday 18 May, 748 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19. Of these, six have tested positive from three clubs. Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days. The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and oversight. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the Premier League due to legal and operational requirements

2020 05 19b Retrieve

[Hudson-Odoi back in Chelsea training despite arrest after testing negative for coronavirus] This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the government. Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible. The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process. Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed

2020 05 20 Retrieve

[English Premier League (EPL) will resume with two games – Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United and Manchester City vs. Arsenal] Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday 17 June, provided that all safety requirements are in place

2020 05 24 Retrieve

[Hull City confirm both of Championship’s positive coronavirus tests are from their club] Those players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities. The EFL will continue to make regular and relevant announcements as appropriate in respect of the testing programme to support competition integrity and transparency

2020 05 24b Retrieve

[Premier League confirms two more coronavirus cases as Bournemouth reveal player has tested positive] The Premier League can today confirm that on Tuesday 19 May, Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May, 996 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, two have tested positive from two clubs. Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days. For the second round of testing, the number of tests available to each club was increased from 40 to 50. Previously, 748 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19 on 17-18 May, with six testing positive from three clubs. The six who tested positive in the first round of testing are not included in the figures for 19-22 May, as they are still within their seven-day self-isolation period. The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[Premier League return edges closer as clubs agree to resume contact training] Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training - marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so. The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants. Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for Covid-19 twice a week. Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government. Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow

2020 05 27b Retrieve

[Premier League confirms four more positive Covid-19 results after third round of testing] The Premier League can today confirm that on Monday 25 May and Tuesday 26 May, 1008 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19. Of these, four have tested positive from three clubs. Players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for a period of seven days. Previously, between 19-22 May, 996 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19, of which two tested positive from two clubs. Some 748 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19 on 17-18 May, with six testing positive from three clubs. For the fourth round of testing, the number of tests available to each club will be increased from 50 to 60. The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing

[the league took another step towards resumption after clubs voted unanimously to resume contact training] Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training - marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so. Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training - marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Premier League to resume on June 17 with Man City vs Arsenal among the first fixtures and all matches to be shown live] Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019-20 season of Wednesday June 17, provided that all safety requirements are in place. Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, postponed due to the EFL Cup final, will now take place on June 17, followed by a full match round beginning on Friday 19 June. Due to Covid-19, matches will take place behind closed doors

2020 05 31 Retrieve

[Ten test positive to coronavirus in the Championship] Following the latest round of Covid-19 testing, the EFL can confirm that 1,058 players and club staff from the 24 Championship clubs were tested over the course of Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May, with 10 individuals testing positive from eight clubs. Those players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities. The EFL will continue to make regular and relevant announcements as appropriate in respect of the testing programme to support competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to Clubs or individuals will be provided by the League

Following an initial round of Covid-19 testing, the EFL can confirm that 135 players and club staff were tested from four League Two clubs over the course of Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May, with seven individuals testing positive from three clubs. Those players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to enter training ground facilities

2020 06 03 Retrieve

[Premier League reveals zero positive coronavirus results in latest round of testing] The Premier League can today confirm that on Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May, 1130 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19. Of these, zero have tested positive. The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing.

2020 06 04 Retrieve

[Premier League agrees to five substitutions when action resumes amid coronavirus pandemic] Premier League Shareholders today agreed temporary changes to the rules relating to substitute players. For the remainder of the 2019/20 season, the number of substitutes that can be used during a match will increase from three to five players. This is in line with the temporary law amendment made by the International Football Association Board last month. Shareholders also approved for Clubs to increase the maximum number of substitute players on the bench from seven to nine for the rest of the 2019-20 season

2020 06 06 Retrieve

[Premier League announces zero new positive coronavirus cases after 1,195 players and staff tested] The Premier League can today confirm that on Thursday 4 June and Friday 5 June, 1,195 players and club staff were tested for Covid-19. Of these, zero have tested positive. The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing

2020 06 12 Retrieve

[Premier League stars make Black Lives Matter vow] Premier League players from all 20 clubs have made the following statement: We, the Players, stand together with the singular objective of eradicating racial prejudice wherever it exists, to bring about a global society of inclusion, respect, and equal opportunities for All, regardless of their colour or creed. This symbol is a sign of unity from all Players, all Staff, all Clubs, all Match Officials and the Premier League #blacklivesmatter #playerstogether

The Premier League stands alongside players, clubs, The FA, EFL, PFA, LMA, PGMOL and all those who oppose discrimination in any form. The League supports the players’ wish to have their names replaced by Black Lives Matter on the back of their shirts for the first 12 matches of the restarted 2019/20 season. A Black Lives Matter logo will also feature on shirts for the remainder of the season, along with a badge thanking the NHS for their work during the COVID-19 crisis. In addition, the League will support players who ‘take a knee’ before or during matches

The Premier League believes there is no room for racism, anywhere #NoRoomForRacism

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Premier League: One positive coronavirus case in latest round of testing] The Premier League can today confirm that between Monday June 22 and Sunday June 28, 2,250 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, one person has tested positive. Players or club staff who have tested positive will self-isolate for a period of seven days. The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the League and results will be made public after each round of testing

2020 07 13 Retrieve

[Palace manager Roy Hodgson said he supported Zaha’s decision to go public about the abuse] This behaviour is completely unacceptable and the Premier League stands alongside @wilfriedzaha in opposing this, and discrimination in any form. There is #NoRoomForRacism, anywhere. We will continue to support players, managers, coaches and their family members who receive serious discriminatory online abuse. Through our dedicated reporting system, we can take immediate action on cases like this

2020 07 15 Retrieve

[One individual tested positive from the Championship] Those players or club staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate in line with the guidelines provided by the EFL and only those who have tested negative will be permitted to take part in any first team activities.