Premier League set to return on June 17th as Manchester City hosts Arsenal

After a lot of talks as to when the Premier League will start, the date has finally been fixed according to reports that came in on Thursday. The decision was reached on Thursday in a video conference by all the 20 Premier League clubs.

The Premier League has been provisionally fixed to return on 17 June with Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United.

In a bid to first complete all the matches at hand, Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield has been put in to play on 17th July  and potentially Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United on 19th June.

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva (left) and Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe battle for the ball during the Premier League match at The Emirates Stadium, London. (Photo by John Walton/PA Images via Getty Images)

It was also agreed that all 92 remaining matches broadcast live in the UK by the Premier League’s existing broadcast partners: Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime.

According to the Independent, the date was put into a proposal for Thursday’s video conference, and was one of the first items discussed. A majority of clubs expressed their approval.

In a statement, Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June.

                                                                                      Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters.

“But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.

“Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.

“The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.

“We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season.”reed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June.

On Wednesday this week, clubs unanimously agreed to a return to contact training on Wednesday with the vast majority of players now comfortable with the health and safety protocols that are set to be in place.

The league’s testing procedure continues with the latest round returning just four positive results from 1,008 players and staff members tested.

Other proposals include:

  • In the event of a Covid-19 outbreak at a club, teams may be required to play with just 15 available players
  • The final date of the Premier League season has been earmarked for the weekend of July 25-26
  • For top clubs to pay more of the proposed £330million broadcast rebate, though the payment could be halved if the season is completed by end of July
  • Saturday and Sundays will see four games per day, which will be televised. There will be one match on Friday and Monday night
  • If the season is curtailed, standings to be decided by an unweighted points-per-game system
  • For games to be played as normal at home and away venues – but some ‘high-risk’ fixtures to take place at neutral venues.

If the season runs according to schedule, the FA Cup final has been pencilled in to take place at Wembley Stadium on August 1.

 

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