A return date for the English top-flight has emerged on Thursday the 28th of May, after being agreed upon during a meeting of Premier League Shareholders.
Football on the way back
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of European football, including all of the top-five leagues, were suspended during March.
However, all of these divisions, with Ligue 1 the obvious exception, are now either back in action or gearing up for a return.
The Bundesliga has already managed a safe return, with two gameweeks played out successfully in May.
La Liga looks set to be the next top league to follow in the footsteps of their German counterparts, with the week beginning June 8th likely to see Spanish football back on our screens.
Italy’s minister for sport Vincenzo Spadafora also recently stated that the Serie A season could resume on ‘June 13 or 20’.
Premier League back in June
And, as mentioned above, the latest top-flight division to agree on a potential restart date is the Premier League.
The English top-flight, along with the EFL, have been suspended since March 13th.
However, the Premier League have, on Thursday evening, released an official statement, outlining their plans for a restart.
After a meeting of Premier League Shareholders, a new provisional restart date has been agreed upon. That date is the 17th of June, with two fixtures planned: Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal.
These 4 sides have played one less game than the rest of the league, so getting their games in hand out of the way first does make sense, with a full match round beginning on Friday the 19th of June.
As well as revealing a restart date, the Premier League’s statement also confirmed that all matches will be played behind closed doors, and broadcast live in the UK by the league’s existing broadcast partners: Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime.
The statement concluded by outlining the scheduled kick-off times for matches taking place on each day. All times shown are in BST:
Saturday 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 and 20:00
Sunday 12:00, 14:00, 16:30 and 19:00
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 18:00 and 20:00
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
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