Tackling could be banned due to coronavirus

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The Premier League has been working towards the resumption of the season, and now a list of directives has been sent to players and managers regarding the next phase of training.

Training is expected to resume this month, and the BBC reports that players will be banned from tackling for the foreseeable future.

Players will initially be restricted to groups of five and will have to observe two metre gaps between each other, with no contact permitted during training.

During the second phase, which will come after several weeks, the entire first-team squads will back on the pitch together, though it remains to be seen if tackling and contact will be reintroduced even at that stage.

The Premier League are aiming to be very thorough in the plan to resume football, as players will be tested for Covid-19 twice a week and take a daily pre-training questionnaire and temperature check, while they will be encouraged to maintain ‘meticulous’ personal hygiene and use PPE.

Also, playing surfaces, corner flags, balls, cones, goalposts and all equipment used in training will be disinfected before and after every session, which will be restricted to no more than 75 minutes.

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