The Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport, Oliver Dowden says the government is “opening the door” for football and Premier League is ready.
The Premier League has begun planning for matches to be played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus and players may be set to return to training next week.
Safety measure will be placed and Oliver Dowden says the sport’s plans have the government’s support and as long as safety remains paramount.
The Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport, Oliver Dowden held a meeting with the football authorities on Thursday and says “We all agreed that we will only go ahead if it is safe to do so and health and welfare of players, coaches and staff comes first.”
“The government is opening the door for competitive football to return safely in June.”
“This should include widening access for fans to view live coverage and ensure finances from the game’s resumption support the wider football family.”
“It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans, and there is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.”
“The government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support to the game ahead of any final decision which would put these plans into action.”
Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam suggested at Thursday’s government briefing no date should yet be inked for the sport to resume.
Asked about the possible return of football on June 12, Van-Tam said: “The overall approach has been tentative, measured, slow, and that is exactly the plan that is underway for all of elite sport, not just football.”
“Small, carefully measured approaches to seeing what can be achieved safely.”
“We will have to see how that goes before it is time to move on, or even think about moving on, to the return to competitive football matches.”
“We have to be slow, we have to be measured.”