Premier League: Referees certified after Covid-19 test results turn negative, but not allowed for Friendly games

Anthony Taylor, PL referee

Premier League referees and assistants are now free to take charge of the return match to finish the 2019/20 season that was halted due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

This comes after their test results for coronavirus turned out positive.

They were tested at their nearest top-flight club this week with directives to have those testing positive for the virus to stay away for the remaining part of the campaign.

Daily Mail report that referees Michael Oliver and Mike Dean have maintained fitness from home during lockdown and monitored by GPS tracking devices.

Meanwhile, Stockley Park will still be used as VAR headquarters when the season resumes.

All visual-replay operators will also be tested for Covid-19 before being used at Stockley Park.

The Premier League returns on June 17, as Aston Villa host Sheffield United, while Arsenal travel to Etihad to face Pep Guardiola’s side Manchester City.

Weekend fixture

The match between City and Arsenal will be refereed by Johnathan Moss.

Friday 19 June

Norwich v Southampton

Tottenham v Man Utd

 

Saturday 20 June

Watford v Leicester

Brighton v Arsenal

West Ham v Wolverhampton

Bournemouth v Crystal Palace

 

Sunday 21 June

Newcastle v Sheff Utd

Aston Villa v Chelsea

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