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Coronavirus, Premier League plan: closed doors and clubs in retreat


'Marathon' of matches between June and July to save the season (ANSA)

A month and a half to end the season, transforming the Premier League into a sort of Club World Cup played in a few stages strictly behind closed doors and with the 20 isolated teams in forced withdrawals. If in the last few days more and more clubs of the British top division have expressed doubts about the opportunity to resume playing, the will of the majority - including managers, players and coaches - remains, however, to play the remaining 92 games. Even at the cost of overturning not only the calendar, but also the uses and habits of British football. And subjecting the clubs to a real tour de force, between June and July, in order to save the season and, with it, the commercial and (above all) television revenues.

The idea is to play every three days to complete the program in six weeks at the most. While taking a series of restrictive measures to minimize the risk of coronavirus propagation. Starting from the site of the matches: no longer the stadiums of each company, but a limited number of plants, geographically close, where in fact it would be played seamlessly, also providing for more games per day. Obviously without audience: all the matches would be broadcast live on pay-TV, contrary to what normally happens.

Exceptional measures to protect the teams, as well as all professionals: players, technicians and managers would spend the last few weeks of the championship in isolated structures, away from families, constantly monitored by their respective medical staff. Prolonged isolation - even for referees, cameramen, those responsible for the TV broadcast - which would prevent any
contact with the rest of society.

At the moment, by decision of the English Football Association, all the championships are suspended until April 30, but it will be difficult to return to play in May.

Source: ansa

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