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UK government give Premier League the green light to restart the season from June 1 behind closed doors

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The Premier League has received the green light from the United Kingdom government to restart the season behind closed doors from June 1.

 

This comes after UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set out road maps on Sunday evening to ease lockdown restrictions during the Coronavirus pandemic.

A full report has now been released.

The 50-page document includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind-closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact,” but this cannot happen before June 1.

Titled “Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy,” the document says lockdown measures will only be eased once certain measures have been met.

No spectators will be allowed at matches should the Premier League return, with the league’s 20 clubs set for a vote on how to resume the season in the next few days, including the use of neutral venues to host matches.

 

Fans in football stadiums “may only be fully possible significantly later depending on the reduction in numbers of infections,” the report states.

“Some venues which are, by design, crowded and where it may prove difficult to enact distancing may still not be able to reopen safely at this point, or maybe able to open safely only in part.”

‘Nevertheless, the Government will wish to open as many businesses and public places as the data and information at the time allows.
The Football Association has confirmed that it will meet with the government on Tuesday along with other sporting bodies to discuss a plan for the next steps regarding the resumption of sport.

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Lai Mohammed calls for regulation of social media.

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The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Tuesday, October 27 said that the nation is sitting on a keg of gun powder regarding the issue of fake news, hence the need for the federal government to immediately begin to regulate the social media space.

The minister stated this while responding to questions from federal lawmakers when he appeared before the House of Representatives committee on information, national orientation, ethics and values.Alhaji Lai Mohammed has continued his advocacy for social media regulation. Alhaji Mohammed made reference to the recent #ENDSARS protest, saying that it was fought on social media.

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“They mobilised using social media. The war today revolves around two things. Smart phones and data and these young men don’t even watch television or listen to the radio or read newspapers. “We are sitting on a time bomb on this issue of fake news. Unfortunately, we have no national policy on social media and we need one. The minister’s latest comments is expected to spark reactions across the country as young Nigerians have been warning against government’s alleged plans to gag them on social media.

The authorities have promised that they don’t intend to completely shut down social media in the country, but the distrust between government and the led in Nigeria has been that of mutual suspicion.

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