Former Manchester United captain Gary Neville has warned the Premier League’s meeting on Monday could see a delay to ‘Project Restart’ following the latest advice from the government.
Boris Johnson addressed the country on Sunday but didn’t mention anything about a potential return for elite-level sport.
It seems unlikely that Premier League or EFL football will be played in June, with the current measures remaining in place until at least June 1st before phased easings of the measures.
While the government is keen on football returning to provide a boost to morale, the Prime Minister stressed now is not the time for the restrictions to be eased – which could impact the Premier League’s Project Restart plans.
Significantly, it was always announced that those coming to the UK via air travel would be subject to a 14-day quarantine – which would affect a significant number of players who left the UK before the lockdown.
Whilst more details are expected to be revealed by the prime minister on Monday, Neville is fearful that the lack of update from Johnson will hamper the Premier League’s hopes of a mid-June restart.
He tweeted: “I’d be surprised if we didn’t see the PL in this meet today bump the ‘Project Restart’ plan down the road again.
“They’ve been hanging their hat on government guidance. Their (sic) isn’t anything in that speech last night that will comfort the Players/Dr’s at clubs.”
Premier League clubs are due to meet on Monday to discuss the latest proposals about a restart, although there is a growing number of clubs opposed to completing the league in neutral stadiums.
The league needs 14 clubs (70 per cent) to side with the current proposal to pass the motion but there is a growing fear that the threshold will not be met and a June 12 restart will be pushed back further.
The notion of scrapping relegation has been firmly denied by the Premier League and the EFL.