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Wanderers confirm provision plan for behind-closed-doors restart

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Nat Lofthouse
Nat Lofthouse
Wanderers know how they would go about playing games behind closed doors - if they get the nod from the EFL.

The club has drawn up detailed plans of how games could be staged at the University of Bolton Stadium using around 100 staff, including players, officials and medics.

Although coronavirus testing procedures for all employees remain a grey area which is of great concern, more information is expected to come to light next week with talks planned between the league and the government's medical officers.

Currently, no club will return to training before May 16 and there will be a three-week gap before any football is resumed.

Wanderers accept they may need to adjust their current preparations depending on what medical advice is available at the time.

"There are provisional plans now ready if we hear from the EFL that the season is to resume," said CEO Emma Beaugeard.

"If or when we get that directive then there will be weeks of run-up to any games, during which time the plans would be put into place to match the guidance which exists at that point."

Professional players in Spain were given the go-ahead to return to individual training yesterday in what has been described as ‘Phase 0’ by the country’s president Pedro Sanchez.

French officials have ruled out any competitive football until September.

Spain has announced that training sessions at club centres will be allowed in Phase 1, which gets underway on May 11, although there will remain added measures in place to avoid a second peak of the virus.

La Liga has already sent clubs a detailed set of protocols to follow once training is allowed, including a preparation phase followed by individual practices, smaller group sessions and finally full squad sessions.

Before Sanchez's evening announcement, La Liga president Javier Tebas had thrown his support behind a controlled return to action.

Tebas said in a statement: "I do not understand why there would more danger in playing football behind closed doors, with all precautionary measures, than working on an assembly line, being on a fishing boat on the high seas.

"If important economic sectors cannot restart, in a safe and controlled manner, they could end up disappearing. That could happen to professional football.

"In other countries teams are already training, that's the example to follow.

"In Spain, football is an important economic driver that we need to reactivate like many others. We continue to focus on this reactivation, in a responsible manner and adhering to health recommendations, as soon as possible."

Bundesliga clubs have already returned to training and the league could resume in the first week of May, if the German government give the go-ahead.


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