Perth offered to host rest of 2019-20 Premier League season

Perth offered to host rest of 2019-20 Premier League season
Perth offered to host rest of 2019-20 Premier League season

As the Premier League clubs started discussion with Government Authorities and Medical experts, they are facing mounting challenge from every possible quarter. This is probably because United Kingdom is still in the process of flattening the curve of (Coronavirus) pandemic devastation. The peak might be over but it has laid mounting doubt in all of us.

In the uncertainty that has gripped football since the outbreak of coronavirus it seems that almost nothing is impossible – including packing up the entire Premier League and sending the top flight to the other side of the world. 

Professional sporting activity in the United Kingdom has been halted since March, and with the country remaining in lockdown no firm date has been set to play out the remaining fixtures in 2019-20. 

Australia, meanwhile, has almost escaped the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, reporting fewer than 7,000 cases and 100 deaths to the UK’s 184,000 and 28,000 respectively. 

And one enterprising Perth resident believes that there is no reason why Jurgen Klopp, Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and the rest of the Premier League could not decamp to the city in order to finish the season in relative safety. 

I have had discussions with contacts at Premier League clubs and they like the idea. I have also spoken with government officials and they are enthusiastic. We are speaking again this week. Everybody is safe here. The government has lifted many restrictions.

We are sitting round in groups of ten, we can walk around and the beaches are open. We have had four new cases in the last ten days.

Gary Williams, Agent (Courtesy The Sun)

While the logistic and organisational headaches that would accompany such a plan are easy to imagine, Williams has found support from a local politician who would jump at the chance to see the Premier League’s best descend on Western Australia. 

The Optus Stadium, the Perth Oval, the WACA, and the Joondalup Arena, are all potential venues for Premier League matches. 

I am watching what’s happening in England with a heavy heart. We want to help. We have almost no new cases. It would just be a case of some quarantine for our friends when they arrive and then we are up and running.

When Gary first mentioned it I thought it was a wonderful idea. I’m glad he is getting the same response from the people in the game he has called. This is the centre of the sporting universe in Australia. We have fresh air and good weather. It would be ideal.

Glenn Sterle, Perth State Senator

The Premier League recently reiterated its desire to complete the current campaign but concrete plans around how that would happen remain up in the air. 

Perth has attracted Premier Leagues clubs previously with Chelsea and Manchester United visiting the city in recent years on pre-season tours.