The Premier League is set to continue even if the UK goes into a second coronavirus-enforced lockdown.
The Prem was halted for three months earlier this year as Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the public to stay home as death rates and infection levels of Covid rose.
Football returned behind closed doors in March to finish last season with the new campaign also being played without fans.
And Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says that ‘Project Restart’ showed football can continue amid talks of a second lockdown.
“We’re in constant dialogue with government about all aspects of the co-operation we have with them,” Masters said following Wednesday’s Premier League meeting. “We don’t feel the closed doors model is at risk at the moment.
“We think we’ve got a proven model that worked in Project Restart, and at the moment we’re happy, and so are government, that we can continue.
“No [plans to shut down], as I said, not that we don’t scenario plan and talk about various different outcomes – you have to in the current environment – there’s no talk about the Premier League or sport being suspended at the moment.”
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Johnson appears determined not to plunge the country into a second lockdown, or circuit breaker, despite seeing a surge in Covid cases, hospital admissions and deaths.
The PM said: "I rule out nothing, of course, in combatting the virus.
“But we are going to do it with the local, the regional approach that can drive down, will drive down the virus if it is properly implemented.
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“What our advice is that if the regional measures at all levels were implemented in full with the support and the active co-operation of local leaders… those measures would deliver the reduction in the R locally, regionally, that we need in order to avert… the disaster of a national lockdown.”
The Premier League is set to return this weekend following the international break.
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