Football: Division among clubs threatens English Premier League’s comeback

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English Premier League clubs will met on Monday (May 11) after tensions mounting over the divisive ‘Project Restart’ plan to finish the season amid the coronavirus crisis.

Premier League chiefs hope to return to action next month, but there is an internal battle between clubs protecting their own interests.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s addressed the nation on Sunday and mentioned that that the virus transmission rate is still too high to significantly ease Britain’s lockdown until at least June 1 was hardly reassuring.

The growing unease about the Premier League’s desire to finish increased on Sunday when Brighton admitted a third player in their squad had contracted the virus.

The scheduled return of Germany’s Bundesliga from May 16 had raised hopes that the Premier League could follow suit.

Britain’s death toll passed 30,000 last week to become the worst-hit country in Europe.

Germany has registered just over 7,000 deaths.

La Liga confirmed five unnamed players have the virus and will go into quarantine.

Norwich midfielder Todd Cantwell responded to the positive test at Brighton by tweeting: “We are just people too.”

BBC reports that this could cost about £30,000 (S$52,600) a week. Some 40,000 tests – at between £150 and £180 each – for the remaining 92 fixtures are expected to be required with each person tested twice a week.

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