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UK government opening door for football return

The UK government is "opening the door" for professional football to return in England next month.

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden revealed that Thursday's (14.05.20) meeting with the Premier League, English Football League and Football Association had "progressed plans", but insisted any proposals for resuming the sport should "include widening access for fans to view live coverage".

As reported by the BBC, he said: "We all agreed that we will only go ahead if it is safe to do so and the health and welfare of players, coaches and staff comes first.

"It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans, and there is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.

"The government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support."

As it stands, the Premier League - which met earlier this week to discuss 'Project Restart' - hopes to return to action on June 12 with games set to be played behind closed doors.

They will meet again on Monday (18.05.20), when top flight players could also return to group training while following social distancing guidelines.

England's deputy chief medical officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, added: "There will be small, carefully measured, step-wise approaches to see what can be achieved safely.

"The first of those is to return safely to training, still observing social distancing.

"We will have to see how that goes before we can even think about moving on to the return of competitive football matches."

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