The coronavirus death count in the UK has crossed the 33,000 mark in recent weeks with more than 233,000 citizens infected. Despite the apparent risks, the British government is pushing for a Premier League return to take place sometime in June. Majority of England's top-flight clubs such as Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool have returned to training at their private facilities. However, there is no confirmation that a Premier League return will actually go through with the rumoured 'Project Restart' attracting mixed reactions from club owners and PL officials.
Reports in the British media state that club officials have bluntly told players that there could be massive financial consequences if Project Restart fails to move forward in the next couple of weeks. Top-flight teams have reportedly told their players that should Project Restart fail, then those out of contracts will be offered new ones with weekly wages much lower than what they currently earn. Reports further add that Premier League clubs are looking to do away with long-term contracts and employ players on rolling contracts in order to sustain themselves during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Premier League officials are working round the clock in order to draw up a contingency plan that will help Project Restart go through in the next couple of weeks. The government is reportedly ready to support top-flight clubs and is pushing for the league to return despite some hesitation from the players themselves. The likes of Aston Villa, Brighton and Norwich have publicly stated their opinion against a potential Premier League return. Earlier this week, Watford striker Troy Deeney blasted Project Restart and claimed that the Premier League return date should not be set in stone considering the scale of the pandemic.
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