Premier League return edges closer as contact training approved iGaming Business · May 28, 2020 at 7:49 am The English Premier League has taken a step closer to restarting after its clubs unanimously voted to resume contact training with immediate effect. Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling, while minimising any unnecessary close contact and ensuring strict medical protocols remain in place at all training facilities. The Premier League said that Stage Two of its Return to Training protocol was agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the Professional Footballers’ Association, League Managers Association and the UK government. England’s top tier has been suspended since mid-March due to the ongoing novel coronavirus (covid-19) pandemic. The Premier League initially hoped to return in April, but later announced an indefinite suspension until it was deemed safe to play matches again.