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Despite the death count from the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to rise, plans are taking shape for football to return. 

The Premier League's Project Restart is considering ways to conclude the 2019-20 season in a safe and secure way without exposing anyone to risk of infection. 

But over the Channel in France, the decision has been taken to cancel the Ligue 1 season with the government banning all team sports until September, a decision that sent shockwaves through European football. 

In March, we asked our reporters how the English season should be concluded with most saying the season should be finished off when safe.

But have developments in France changed their minds? Our experts have their say again in light of what we've learned in the intervening month.   

We're unlikely to see Premier League matches played in front of large crowds for some time

We're unlikely to see Premier League matches played in front of large crowds for some time

ROB DRAPER - FOLLOW THE SCIENCE

Until we know more about the science, it's impossible to have a fixed view. 

I understand players' natural concerns about resuming a contact sport. But the brutal reality for all of us is that there is no possibility of eliminating all risk until a vaccine is found.

If the position of players - and to be clear, it's not an unreasonable one - is that we can't have football while there is any risk of transmission, then suspending football until September, as France has done, is a half measure. 

On those terms, we're not going to see football again until 2021, when a vaccine is ready.

As such, the economic balance has to be a factor. It's not a crude battle of health (good) versus wealth (bad), because a thriving economy is also imperative to the health of the nation. 

Leicester's 4-0 win over Aston Villa was the last Premier League game played back on March 9

Leicester's 4-0 win over Aston Villa was the last Premier League game played back on March 9

If you can significantly mitigate the risk of the 22 players on the pitch having Covid-19, then a re-start is possible. 

In addition, if it is the case that entire squads don't now need to self isolate just because one player contracts the virus, the biggest barrier to restart is cleared. 

The Bundesliga experts seem clear that both of the above can be achieved. If the science backs the German consensus, then play on.

MIKE KEEGAN - WE SHOULDN'T EVEN THINK ABOUT A RETURN YET

I am very wary that, as a sports reporter, I may be cutting my nose off to spite my face here but I find the whole conversation crass and, to be frank, ludicrous. 

We have a global disease which is killing people in this country and for which we have no cure. Those are facts. In the evening we hear how many hundreds have died. 

The following morning, the papers tell us about plans to bring back football. Can nobody else see the lunacy of this? 

Bundesliga clubs, such as Bayern, are back in training - but a return could be pushed back

Bundesliga clubs, such as Bayern, are back in training - but a return could be pushed back

Football comes back when it is safe to do so and not a minute before. We have no vaccine and the WHO tells us that there is no evidence you cannot catch coronavirus more than once. 

We are nowhere near safety and football should be nowhere near a return.

JOE BERNSTEIN - FINISH WHEN IT'S SAFE AND SHORTEN NEXT SEASON

I haven't altered my view. For sporting integrity, the 2019-20 Premier League season should finish when safe to do so even if that is later rather than sooner. 

Better to curtail 2020-21, cut cup competitions for example, than wipe eight months from history. 

But this may be too idealistic for clubs who have received their 2019-20 money and want to collect for 2020-21 as quickly as possible.

Arsenal players returned to their training ground for individual fitness work earlier this week

Arsenal players returned to their training ground for individual fitness work earlier this week 

CHRIS WHEELER - CANCEL THE SEASON NOW

From the start, I've said the football season should be cancelled and nothing has happened since to change my mind. 

With each new day, the measures being considered to get games back on – possibly in empty, neutral stadiums – underlines just how desperate it has become. 

Write off this season and only start the next one when it's completely safe. 

Should the 2019-20 campaign be declared null and void or do we hand Liverpool the title, Leeds promotion and resolve the myriad of other issues still to be decided? 

Frankly, after the death toll in the UK surged past the 26,000 mark, it really isn't that important anymore.

Mohamed Salah and Liverpool were on the brink of winning the title before the lockdown

Mohamed Salah and Liverpool were on the brink of winning the title before the lockdown

ADRIAN KAJUMBA - POINTS PER GAME BASED ON HOME AND AWAY RESULTS

It all depends on the state of the game that ends up being delivered if the Premier League plans come to fruition.

The financial need to get games played is obvious. There is a huge amount of money on the line which could affect more than just this season if it is not played. 

However, for the integrity of the competition securing that money should not outweigh the importance of providing something that resembles the season and football that was being staged before. 

The fear is that too many rules are having to be bent, too many allowances having to be made and too many risks taken to get the remaining matches can be played. 

If a balance can be found, finish the season. If it starts getting too impractical scrap it and find a resolution to finish the season. 

Points per game but worked out based on home and away results so far this season, not overall, would be my suggestion.

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI - CANCELLING IS THE WORST OPTION

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Of all the bad sporting options, cancelling the season altogether still feels like the worst – my view there has been consistent from the start, which is that the next campaign can wait until this one is done. 

I think we can accept that there are no ideal answers, but any other scenario, from

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