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Premier League Boss: We May Not Finish 2019-20 Season

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Liverpool's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah celebrates with teammates after he scoring his team's first goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Bournemouth at Anfield

The Premier League boss admits it’s still a possibility that the 2019-20 season may not be concluded but says they’re as confident as they can be about resuming.

The English Premier League has been suspended since mid-March due to the coronavirus outbreak which has seen more than 250,000 cases and 36,393 deaths.

League officials and clubs have been working hard to find a way to resume the 2019-20 which has nine rounds to play but have yet to finalise plans.

“Curtailment is still a possibility,” Masters told BBC Sport, before adding they’ve taken the appropriate steps to resume.

“We wouldn’t have taken the first step to get back to training if we weren’t convinced we had created a very safe environment for our players.

“It is the first step and we have to be sure when we go to contact training we have completed those processes.”

Watford’s Troy Deeney and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante both refused to train this week amid concerns about the safety of the environment.

“We’ve done everything we possibly can to make return to training as safe as possible for you and therefore for you and your family,” Masters said, speaking to players.

“We’ve put in place testing programmes and all of the different protocols in order to protect you and your livelihood, and we think it’s safe to return.

“We have to respect those players that take a decision not to return to training, that is their prerogative.”

Masters refused to identify a specific date for a league return, amid speculation of a June 12 restart.

Ben somerford
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