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Premier League medical officer Dr Mark Gillet has warned clubs that there will be no quick fix on plans to play behind closed doors.

The remaining 92 matches of the 2019/20 season will have to be played behind closed doors due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Premier League clubs agreed on Monday that they would return to training in small groups this week, the first phase of Project Restart.

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However, with less than a month to go until the proposed date of June 12, there is still so much to be decided.

Stressing the severity of the situation, the Premier League’s chief medical advisor, Gillet, has stressed that there will be no sudden changes in the government’s social distancing policy beyond the next year.

“They’ve made it very clear that the social situation, the public health situation, is not going to change over the next 6-12 months,” he said.

This comes after Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has insisted they are still hopeful of a June 12 restart but admitted that they must be ‘flexible’ on a return date.

Masters, talking on a conference call after the meeting, said: “We have been focused on this staging post, it’s not a firm commitment, for June 12.

“What we are able to do today is basically to move forward on small group training.

Coronavirus is having an impact across sport in Europe, with football league schedules suspended in several countries, including in England, Spain and Italy. But what happens next?

  – The Champions League and Europa League have been suspended, and UEFA have announced plans for what could happen next.

  – The Premier League clubs are set for more talks with a key vote over the next steps regarding training.

  – Decisions have been made regarding other leagues across Europe, including in France, Holland and Germany.

  – Decisions have been made regarding the National League and other non-league football.

  – We asked the fans what they want to see happen, following the suspension of football in the Premier League. Here’s what they said.

“Next week we are going to be discussing full contact training protocols for that.

“Once you know when you can start full contact training and we have had a proper discussion with clubs about how much is required to create the fitness levels before they can start playing we are then in a position to be able to confirm when the season start is.

“So we haven’t changed the start date, we have to be flexible about it. What we don’t want to do is continually move that start date. So we haven’t changed it, we need to be flexible and acknowledge we are in a step by step process.”

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