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Clubs are trying to resume the season in the best possible way that will ensure that the players remain fit and healthy to finish the campaign.
The Premier League will resume on June 17, and the league body is still trying to wrap up the rules that will be needed to make the competition good enough, after two months of inaction due to the coronavirus pandemic.
As we reported on Tuesday, Chelsea have submitted a formal proposal to the Premier League to increase the maximum number of substitutes permitted on the bench from seven to nine for the remainder of the season.
The Blues are making the request to the Premier League because the club is concerned about the greater risk of injuries following a lengthy break and the prospect of cramming nine matches into a six-week period.
For Manchester United, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side has been given approval from the authorities to play friendly matches before resuming the Premier League season later this month.
Manchester United believe the friendly games will help the players. The matches can take place inside stadiums or at training grounds which would be risk assessed before every game. Those involved must test negative for coronavirus beforehand.
Manchester Evening News claim that the club will need to adhere to strict measures before hosting such games. Teams can’t travel more than 90 minutes for a friendly and the players must ride in their own cars.
More so, members of the coaching staff will be responsible for officiating games as referees won’t be allowed into these games.
For Chelsea, the proposal submitted by the club will be discussed by Premier League clubs at this Thursday’s shareholders meeting with a vote on the issue to take place the following week on 11 June.