Premier League: positive coronavirus tests across three clubs

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There were six positive tests for coronavirus across three Premier League clubs as the top flight league prepares to resume in June.

The unnamed players or staff who have tested positive will now self-isolate for seven days. A total of 748 players and staff from 19 clubs were tested. The remaining club did their tests on Tuesday so will be included in Saturday’s results. Most Squads are starting non-contact training from Tuesday.

The Premier League has been suspended since 13 March with 92 fixtures remaining. The league had previously identified 12 June for matches to possibly start again.

“The Premier League is providing this aggregated information for the purposes of competition integrity and transparency. No specific details as to clubs or individuals will be provided by the league and results will be made public in this way after each round of testing,” it said in a statement.

At Monday’s “Project Restart” meeting, English top-flight clubs agreed to stage one of the return-to-training protocols.

As well as training in small groups of no more than five.

Sessions must last no longer than 75 minutes for each player.

Social distancing must be adhered to.

Corner flags, balls, cones, goalposts and even playing surfaces will be disinfected after each training session.

The German Bundesliga became the first major European football league to restart after the coronavirus shutdown when it resumed behind closed doors over the weekend.

The Premier League, that timeframe would mean either 19 or 26 June for a potential restart. Every team in Germany’s top flight has been in quarantine, going from a hotel to their training ground for the week leading up to the restart.

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