1121 GMT July 09, 2020
Iran’s National Headquarters for Managing and Fighting Coronavirus gave the green light for the Persian Gulf Pro League to restart on June 11, according to IRNA.
The last round of the league games was held on February 28, before the league was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Meanwhile, Soheil Mahdi, the head of the League Organization’s Competition Committee, said on Monday all teams’ players will undergo COVID-19 test before resuming training.
Mahdi added that FIFA’s Medical Centre of Excellence, or IFMARC, in Iran, as well as the federation’s Medical Committee, and Sports Medicine Federation will monitor the implementation of the hygiene protocols laid out by the coronavirus taskforce.
Iran Football Federation is yet to officially announce the restart date and the schedule of the remaining 73 games of the league, however, given the likely restart of the AFC Champions League in late July, the Iranian league will have to be wrapped up in a 40-day time frame to avoid a hectic fixtures’ list for four Iranian sides – Persepolis, Esteghlal, Sepahan, and Shahr Khodro – in the continental competition.
Persepolis sits atop the league with 47 points, holding a 10-point lead over second-placed Sepahan and Tractor.
Esteghlal, having a game in hand, is in fourth place, followed by Shahr Khodro and Foolad Khuzestan.