Project Restart vote hinges on clearing up medical rules for Premier League

The tensions have been sharpened by the move by the digital, culture, media and sport secretary, Oliver Dowden, to “open the door” to the Premier League returning, provided it met conditions including making some games free to air. The Premier League said last night it also removed a hurdle by agreeing to allow clubs to enter into short-term contract extensions with players whose deals are due to expire on 30 June of this year. The most important constituents in that are the players because they need to feel safe and feel that it’s the right thing for them to do, clearly Graham [Potter, the manager] and his staff, and the directors at the club need to understand exactly what they are signing up to and makesure they are comfortable because ultimately the liability sits with us.” Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling are among the players to have warned against the early return of the Premier League, with the Newcastle full-back saying: “Football shouldn’t even be spoke about coming back until the numbers [infected or dying] have dropped massively.” The resumption of the interrupted season hinges on Monday’s vote and Barber said Brighton have raised several questions, principally with regard to what happens in the event of a player testing positive, with the league yet to agree on a position over whether the entire squad should isolate as a result. It is a very, very complex and it is something we are all waiting on from the league, to find out exactly what would happen inthose scenarios.” If Brighton are satisfied by the protocols, they plan to return to training on Tuesday. Potter said three weeks would be sufficient but acknowledged his players face a challenge to reach match fitness given any return will be at least three months since their last game. The Bundesliga in Germany resumes on Saturday and the president of Italy’s Olympic committee, Giovanni Malago, said on Wednesday that there was a “99% chance” that Serie A would be back on 13 June.