Premier League eyes 17 June resumption

The English Premier League is due to make its return after clubs agreed on measures to resume play from 17 June.

Following a three-month suspension due to the global pandemic, clubs agreed to resume the season with added safety measures to be put in place beforehand.

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters commented: “Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June. 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.”

With a total of 92 games left to be played, it has been reported that clubs aim to conclude the season by early August. The plan for football to resume behind closed doors is still awaiting the green light from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and government.

Masters added: “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.”

The remaining games will be broadcast via the league’s current broadcast partners. 64 live games will be broadcast on Sky Sports from June 17, 25 of which will be made available free to air.

BBC will cover four games, marking the first time that the corporation has shown full Premier League games. Meanwhile, BT has not stated how many games it will be broadcast, and Amazon is yet to confirm whether its games will only be made available to Prime subscribers.

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