Premier League players will have to wear face masks in training and all footballs will be disinfected by staff wearing PPE as part of draconian rules designed to allow a return to group training.
A seven-page document setting out the new protocols of Project Restart will be discussed at a Premier League meeting on Friday.
Some Premier League clubs, such as Arsenal and Tottenham, have already started individual sessions at their training grounds with players working on separate pitches.
But the strict new rules are designed to allow a “phased return” to small groups and then normal squad sessions before the Premier League scheduled restart in June.
All players and staff will have to pass COVID-19 Antigen Test (‘CAT’) in the 48 hours before returning to group training.
They will also be tested for potential respiratory problems associated with coronavirus – and everyone will have to agree in writing to follow the strict procedures.
- All footballs, GPS units, cones, corner flags, goalposts and other equipment to be disinfected before and after use by staff wearing PPE
- Players to wear snood/masks at all times
- Cars to be parked three spaces apart
- No massages unless approved by club doctor
- Fluids to be left at designated pick-up points
- Only visit training block to use toilet
- Initially only five players per training group
- Players to be given designated time slots and 15 minutes to prepare
- 75 minutes of small group training
- 15 minutes recovery
- Players and staff will be banned from spitting at the Training Ground
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