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Premier League chief confident on return but has 'curtailment' warning

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Premier League chief executive Richard Masters has provided an update on when the Premier League could return.

Liverpool and Everton went back to training this week after group sessions under strict social-distancing measures were approved by clubs.

But there are still many questions still to be answered with a June 12 resumption date being eyed and confirmation still to come on whether teams can play games at their own stadiums.

In an interview with BBC Sport, Premier League chief Masters admitted “curtailment is still a possibility” but said top-flight bosses are “as confident as we can be” over a return.

"We've taken the first step," he said.

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"It's great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground."

Masters warned the Premier League are likely to take a 'different approach' to the Bundesliga - which returned over the weekend - and warned flexibility would be required in case of any complications.

But he believes those complications won't come as a result of any misguided decisions over the return to training.

"We wouldn't have taken the first step to get back to training if we weren't convinced we had created a very safe environment for our players," he added.

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"It is the first step and we have to be sure when we go to contact training we have completed those processes.

"We have done everything we possibly can to make return to training as safe as possible.

"We think it is safe to return. We have to respect players' decisions not to return to training. I would be comfortable to return to training."

Asked whether clubs will be able to play their games at their own stadiums rather than neutral venues, Masters replied: "We're talking to the authorities about that.

"I do believe we can appeal to fans not to congregate outside football grounds or go to other people's houses to watch football matches in contravention of government guidelines."




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