‘Tackling will be banned’ – Report details strict training measures for Spurs to follow

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Dom Le Roy

There is now renewed hope that the Premier League season could resume next month after the Police gave the green light for games to be played at their usual stadiums (Daily Mail).

Hosting the remainder of the season at neutral venues was reportedly one of biggest points of contention surrounding ‘Project Restart’ (Sky Sports).

With that hurdle potentially out of the way, the season could resume at the start of June as per the UK Government’s road map for exiting the lockdown.

However, BBC Sport have now revealed that, if clubs are to return to full training in order to prepare for the resumption of the season, they will have to adhere to some strict guidelines.

All clubs, including Spurs, will reportedly have to disinfect corner-flags, balls, cones, goalposts and playing surfaces at the training ground after every session.

It is even suggested that tackling will be banned during the first phase of training while players will be restricted to groups of five and asked to observe strict social distancing measures.

Players will also be tested twice a week for COVID-19 and be put through regular temperature checks, as well as a pre-training questionnaire.

Additionally, the report reveals that the players have been told they cannot share transport with anyone to and from the training ground, while vehicle interiors should be cleaned regularly.

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These rules will be almost impossible to reinforce if and when players return to training. There are a lot of challenges that ‘Project Restart’ is likely to run into as it is inevitable that a few players will end up contracting the virus. The Premier League authorities will be keeping a close eye on how the Bundesliga deals with the challenges.

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