Premier League Clubs granted permission for pre-restart friendly
- Few restrictions are made for the friendlies
- Chelsea has proposed to allow nine substitutions.
The English Premier League is all set to restart from June 17 after more than 3 months of suspension due to COVID-19 pandemic.
With all the teams preparing for the season restart, the Clubs were boosted as they were granted permission to play
friendlies ahead of the league restart.
The clubs has been struggling with match fitness of their players as the play was halted for more than 100 days and pre-restart friendlies will help the team to gain the match fitness.
The clubs are looking to play friendlies either in the stadiums or in the training grounds to gain the match fitness.
However, the Premier League has added several restrictions in playing the friendlies as well. As reported by The Telegraph the first restriction is no clubs are allowed to travel for further than 90 minutes.
Similarly, the restrictions also include all the players to use their own own cars to travel and possibly in their kits. For officiating the matches, no any official referees are allowed to use. Instead, members from coaching staff could do that.
There will be full risk-assessments of either the stadium or the training ground before games.
Many of the Premier League players are finding it difficult to return to full training and it is expected that number of injuries will be seen during the restart.
Report also suggest that Chelsea has proposed Premier League to allow as many as nine substitution.