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Government confirm ‘constructive meetings’ about Premier League return to 'lift the spirits of the nation'

Dominic Raab has confirmed ‘constructive meetings’ have been held about a potential return for the Premier League behind-closed-doors with the foreign secretary believing a resumption of sport would ‘lift the spirits of the nation’ amid the coronavirus crisis.

Talks are continuing over a potential return to Premier League action, with hopes high that the season can restart in early June behind-closed-doors.

Proposals to restart the 2019/20 campaign include the possibility of playing remaining fixtures at neutral venues, and the government have now confirmed ‘constructive meetings’ have been held with the sport’s governing bodies over a safe return for sport.

“I think it would lift the spirits of the nation,” Raab said at the latest Government daily briefing.

“I think people would like to see us get back not just to work and get to a stage where children can safely return to school, but also enjoy some of those pastimes, sporting in particular.

“I know that the Government has had constructive meetings with sports bodies to plan for athletes to resume training when it’s safe to do so.

“I can tell you that the Culture Secretary (Oliver Dowden) has also been working on a plan to get sports played behind closed doors when we move to the second phase, that’s something I can tell you we’re looking at.

“Whether it’s a combination of test, tracking, tracing and other social distancing measures within what’s possible within a sporting environment we want to see whether behind closed doors what the options are for doing that.”

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