EPL teams can play friendly matches

A number of strict instructions include players driving to games in their own cars with coaches set to referee matches.

The Premier League has today given clubs the green light to play friendlies, but with a number of strict instructions, which include players driving to games in their own cars.

Ahead of the anticipated season restart on June 17, clubs in the top-flight have requested permission to face other teams to step up match preparations, which have now been accepted.

The games will be played at either stadiums or training grounds but the Premier League has outlined a list of conditions to ensure hygiene and social distancing rules are adhered to.

These include:

  • Clubs are forbidden from travelling for further than 90 minutes
  • All players must travel in their own cars, possibly in their kits
  • No official referees will be allowed, with members of coaching staff taking charge
  • Full risk-assessments of the stadium/training ground before games

It is also understood that all players involved must have recorded a negative coronavirus test in recent checks.

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