June resumption of football could involve rule changes

          Shorter halves an option says PFA

          2020/05/05 10:26
          By Stephen Gillett

          Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has stated that shorter halves of football are being considered - as the Premier League gears up to resume the 2019/20 season.

          Various options and contingencies are being discussed as the top flight and the EFL look to kickstart the current campaign and complete the remaining fixtures. However, speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Taylor aired his view that players need assurances regarding their safety - and that short term changes to the rules of the game could come into effect.

          "They [the players] are not stupid, They would have to be satisfied that it is safe to return, and it is their choice."

          "We don't know the future but we do know is what propositions have been put, what ideas have been put, the possibility of having more substitutes, games possibly not being the full 45 minutes each way with talks of neutral stadiums," said Taylor.

          "Ideally, you want to keep the integrity of the competition, and of course, that was about playing home and away and having the same squad of players as before it was suspended.

          "So there's lots of points to be made, but above all, can the seasons be completed and can they be completed safely?"

          The Premier League is reportedly hopeful of a return to competitive action on 8 June.

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