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.
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
The rules have been drawn up by Premier League director of football Richard Garlick.
The document states: “This protocol will require the consent of all stakeholders and the agreement of Clubs.
“No Club shall permit or facilitate group training at its Training Ground before the date on which such activity is permitted by the Government (‘Training Return Date’).
“Any such group training after the Training Return Date must be strictly in accordance with these Rules.
“Training will initially recommence in the form of small group training and progress to team training over a time period mandated by the League on advice from the UK Government.”