The English Premier League season will resume on June 17 without fans after a three-month stoppage due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Reuters
The English Premier League season will resume on June 17 without fans after a three-month stoppage due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Reuters

FACTBOX: Who will be inside stadiums when Premier League returns

By Arvind Sriram Time of article published Jun 15, 2020

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The English Premier League season will resume on June 17 without fans after a three-month stoppage due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The following are the people allowed inside stadiums as well as the protocols and requirements for clubs to host matches:

* All the remaining games will be played without fans.

* A maximum of 300 people - including broadcast staff, written media, commentators, doping officials and scouts - will be allowed inside stadiums on matchdays.

* Stadiums will be split into red, amber and green zones with each team's red zone pass holders to include 20 players, 12 coaching and medical staff and a further five "essential staff".

* The amber zone will include non-essential staff, such as analysts, while all others will be placed in the green zone.

* Players will undergo COVID-19 tests at their club's training ground before travelling to stadiums for matches.

* Teams will take the field separately, not side-by-side, and games will feature drinks breaks midway through each half.

* Medical staff will wear protective equipment when treating players.

* Substitutes and managers on the bench will not be required to wear masks and players do not have to wear them when entering the stadium or dressing room.

* The technical area for managers will be reconfigured to allow for greater social distancing, as will team dugouts.

* Corner flags, goalposts, substitution boards and match balls will be thoroughly disinfected before games.

* Clubs will be encouraged to travel by plane and avoid staying in hotels before games.

* Clubs are expected to use at least three coaches for matchday travel with drivers who have already undergone novel coronavirus tests.

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