Could the Premier League restart in mid-July?
On Sunday, some of the tabloid press in England peddled the suggestion that the Premier League could restart in mid-July.
The Express ran with that optimistic story on the back page of their Sunday edition.
Reporter Jim Holden wrote in the Express:
Premier League clubs will begin planning this week for what is now the likely option for finishing the current season, that remaining matches are played behind closed doors – from some point in May towards an end date of July 14.
All 20 clubs are in agreement they want to complete, if possible, the 38-game season which has been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) March 21, 2020
Henry Winter: ‘Premier League return in mid-October’
Times journalist Henry Winter, though, has poured cold water on that possible mid-July restart date on Sky’s “Sunday Supplement” Show.
Henry Winter believes that the Premier League is unlikely to restart until mid-October. He said:
[Restarting the league in July] is simply not going to happen.
This colleague that I know at the NHS says it’s wishful thinking to even consider playing [football] before the middle of October.
Will football return by the end of June? 📅
“It is wishful thinking for football to even consider playing before October.” @JacquiOatley is joined by @henrywinter, @OllieHolt22 and @MiguelDelaney live on @SkySportsPL now. pic.twitter.com/Sz6EUAItqE
— Sunday Supplement (@SundaySupp) March 22, 2020
So what’s going to happen?
As confirmed by Sky Sports’ Bryan Swanson, no decision on when the Premier League will restart is likely before April 3rd.
That’s the date of the next scheduled meeting of the Premier League clubs.
LATEST: Premier League clubs due to resume talks on April 3 over impact of coronavirus pandemic. Officials supporting European Leagues as FIFA & UEFA hold further talks this week to discuss longer-term fixtures. #SSN #COVID19
— Bryan Swanson (@skysports_bryan) March 22, 2020