The Premier League won’t vote on contentious issues like neutral venues and training return dates just yet, as they look to further consult players.
The Telegraph claim the Premier League won’t use their conference call on Monday to vote on neutral venues, return to training dates or medical testing procedures. The three issues are all contentious right now, and the league want more time to address that.
As things stand, the Premier League appear to want the remainder of the season played in a selection of neutral grounds. No club would play at their own stadium, even if theirs was one of those selected.
At least three clubs are vocally opposed to this, but the BBC believe more are against it privately.
There’s obviously a link between the date of a return and the medical testing procedures. If a fantastic and near-foolproof testing procedure is available, it’s going to be easier to convince players to head back into group training sessions sooner.
On that front, The Telegraph claim the Premier League want to use the same process as the Bundesliga. That means a £4m coronavirus nasal testing laboratory in the UK with results within 24 hours.
But, for now, they’ll continue to put these plans to players and receive feedback on them. They’re clearly playing it safe in the hope they won’t face a lot of pushback when they do vote on everything.