Tottenham’s players could be set for reduced playing time under potential plans

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Tottenham Hotspur players could be set for changes to the length of matches if the Premier League season is able to resume.

English top-flight football has been suspended since March 13 because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has claimed that top flight fixture could last less than 90 minutes as part of a number of ideas of Project Restart.

Discussions about the Premier League’s return are ongoing but Taylor says players have shown concern about safety if they are to once again take to the field.

Taylor was talking about how to combat player fatigue, with so many games expected to be played in a short period of time in order to bring the current campaign to a conclusion.

The use of additional substitutes could also help to ease the physical demands of players with Taylor insisting that the safety of all involved has to take priority.

“We don’t know the future,” Taylor told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

“What we do know is what propositions have been put, what ideas have been put, the possibility of having more substitutes, games possibly not being the full 45 minutes each way. There’s talks of neutral stadiums. There’s been lots of things being put forward.

“Try to wait and see what the proposals are and then have the courtesy to let the managers and coaches and players also assimilate all those and come to a considered view.

“They [the players] are not stupid. They will put safety first. There is a protocol being put together that is going to be presented, involving all medical experts and government medical experts.”

 

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