Watford's Kabasele calls 12 June Premier League return 'impossible'

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Premier League players and staff have been checked for the coronavirus, with six people testing positive including Watford defender Adrian Mariappa.

The Reds would've been crowned Premier League champions by now for the first time in their history if not for the global health crisis.

The Premier League is "as confident as we can be" about England's top-flight football league restarting in June, its chief executive Richard Masters was quoted as saying by the BBC on Friday.

The Premier League will only publish the latest figures, which will also include the results from Norwich's first round after they were the only club not to feature in the first wave, after all 20 clubs have carried out tests.

Masters said a trophy presentation would be organised when the title is won, provided the Premier League could facilitate the handover.

Masters said he recognised the need for "contingency plans" and admitted "curtailment is still a possibility".

Although some dissent has been voiced as to the return of the game, including from Watford captain Troy Deeney, who will not return to training, Masters is confident that the players are as safe as they possibly can be.

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And Masters admits the Premier League has not broached with its member clubs the question of what might happen if the season has to be abandoned.

"It is the first step and we have to be sure when we go to contact training we have completed those processes", he said.

"I think everybody is in a different situation with their family and at home".

Kabasele said the club were not putting pressure on players to return.

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

"We are in a part of the world where we hope at some point people will be able to sit next to each other and enjoy the experience of a sporting event but that seems like a long way off at the moment", the American said in an interview shown on Sky Sports on Friday (May 22).

"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".


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