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Syrian Premier League to restart in May, UAE Pro League to return in August

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Syrian Premier League football is set to make a return in late May, while the United Arab Emirates aims to restart its top-tier Pro League in August, after all football activities were suspended in the countries in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Syrian Football Association announced the country’s top tier will restart on May 29, based on the easing of restrictions by the government. A Syrian FA statement said the decision was made following “a letter from its country’s president, who agreed to the resumption of the top division behind closed doors”.

The Syrian FA said several committees will ensure government instructions and guidelines are adhered to, including strict Covid-19-related measures that will include testing all players. Clubs will resume training on Friday to prepare for the restart.

Football in the country was halted on March 14 due to the pandemic. At the time Latakia-based Teshrin SC were leading the table on 39 points after 16 rounds.

The United Arab Emirates Football Association announced that the UAE Pro League will resume in August after liaising with the UAE health authorities. The league suspended its activities on March 15.

The UAE FA will continue to evaluate “the situation with the competent authorities, Fifa and AFC, taking into consideration the health situation at that time”, the statement added.

When the UAE season was postponed in March, Dubai-based Shabab Al-Ahli were leading the table on 43 points.