PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has been speaking about the resumption of the Premier League (Steven Paston/PA)”>PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has been speaking about the resumption of the Premier League (Steven Paston/PA)
“We don’t know the future. What we do know is what propositions have been put, what ideas have been put, the possibility of having more substitutes, games possibly not being the full 45 minutes each way.
“There’s talks of neutral stadiums. There’s been lots of things being put forward.
“Try and wait and see what the proposals are, and then have the courtesy to let the managers and coaches and players also assimilate all those and come to a considered view.”
Taylor does not expect matches to be played until the “middle of June” and Health Secretary Matt Hancock would welcome the Premier League’s return in the right way.
Matt Hancock broached the subject of the Premier League and horse racing’s return on Tuesday (Andrew Parsons/10 Downing Street/Crown Copyright)
“Well, I’m absolutely open to that, and horse racing too,” he told the Today programme.
“I know that the both the Premier League and racing are working on how this might be doable in a safe way but that safety has to be paramount.”
Asked whether Premier League football could return next month if they managed to get enough regular checks, Hancock said: “Well, I’m open to that but we’ve got to make decisions about what the relative priorities are of all the different things that could be reopened and do everything we can at the same time to keep R down, which is why the test, track and trace system is important and why it’s so important that we’ve now got a globally-leading testing capability, more than 100,000 tests a day capacity.
“Really, really important that we’ve got that in place now.
“We got in place on time, so that we can do these sorts of things, so that we can help to control the spread, whilst amending in due course when it’s ready for some of the lockdown arrangements.”