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Strict Rules For Clubs To Abide For Friendlies Released

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The Premier League has handed out strict restrictions for clubs to abide by after announcing that they can stage friendlies against each other ahead of the league restart.

Managers were informed on Tuesday morning of the rules, which include teams not being allowed to travel more than 90 minutes for matches, while players must drive themselves to the fixtures.

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Top flight football will resume on June 17, more than three months since the last ball will have been kicked by a Premier League player.

And in order to best prepare teams for the return to action, clubs have been told that they will be allowed to play friendly games.

Friendlies can be played at either stadiums or training grounds, but they will be subject to a risk assessment and must be refereed by members of the clubs’ coaching staff.

However, the Premier League has outlined a number of conditions such as negative Covid-19 tests being returned by players involved.

Measures have also been put in place ensure hygiene and social distancing rules are adhered to.

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Liverpool trained at Anfield on Monday
Liverpool trained at Anfield on Monday

First, clubs are being forbidden from travelling for further than 90 minutes, though teams like Newcastle will be granted special dispensation if they have to travel further.

Elsewhere, all players must travel in their own cars, possibly in their kits, while no official referees will be allowed, with members of coaching staff taking charge.

This however, could change, with reports that PGMOL, the referees’ governing body, are interested in having their officials involved to get them up to speed for the restart.

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp and West Ham’s David Moyes have already had their teams taking part in private warm-up matches at their respective stadiums.

Klopp told BBC Radio 5 Live he “would love” to play their home games at Anfield, although it is still likely that high profile ones will be played at neutral venues.

“We will not have the help from the crowd but no team will have that so where is the advantage? Whoever we play it is the same situation which is why I’m not too worried about it,” said Klopp.138208672551

“We have tried to simulate the situation by training in the stadium and getting used to it.”

The Reds need just two more wins to clinch a maiden Premier League title and first league title in 30 years.

They are currently 25 points clear at the top of the table after losing only one league game all season.

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