Plans are underway for the Premier League to return behind closed doors in June
Dominic Raab believes the return of Premier League football will help lift the spirits of the nation.
But The First Secretary of State has warned that the government will only give the green light for it to resume when it is safe to do so.
All professional football in England has been indefinitely suspended since March due to the coronavirus outbreak, but the Premier League are working on plans for a June restart.
However, those plans appear to have hit a snag after it emerged that the bottom six clubs in the Premier League are against the idea of playing the rest of the campaign at neutral grounds and have called on relegation to be scrapped this season.
But that hasn’t stopped, according to recent reports, the Premier League from pressing on with plans for Project Restart, and Raab has also revealed that the government has held constructive meetings with sports bodies over a return.
“I think it would lift spirits of the nation and people would like to see us get back to work and children can go to school safely but also past times like sport,” he said in Tuesday’s briefing.
“I know the government has had constructive meetings with sports bodies to plan for athletes return to training when it’s safe.
“I can tell you that the culture secretary has been working on a plan to get sport played behind closed doors when we move to the second phase so that is something we are looking at.
“Of course, the key point though, we can only do it when the medical advice and scientific advice is that it can be done safely and sustainably but certainly that is something under active consideration.”
Health Secretary Matt Hancock recently said he’s “open to” seeing Premier League matches return, but that safety remains his “paramount” concern.
“Well, I’m absolutely open to that (resuming the Premier League) and horse racing too,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.
“And, I know that both the Premier League and racing are working on how this might be doable in a safe way, but that safety has to be paramount.”
Source: UK Media