The Premier League has released a statement after its fortnightly meeting with the clubs about the possibility to restart the current season.
The Premier League will return tentatively on June 12 and be surely staged behind closed doors at neutral grounds – if they get Government approval to go ahead. The Premier League will hold a subsequent meeting next week to work on further plans to restart of the season if situations are favourable.
Clubs are all in agreement for ‘tentative moves forward’ and the Premier League and clubs reiterated the ‘commitment to finishing the 2019/20 season, without compromising the integrity of the competition. They also welcomed the Government’s support’ and motivation to complete the season, albeit without the presence of spectators.
At a meeting of Premier League Shareholders today, clubs discussed possible steps towards planning to resume the 2019/20 season, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
It was reiterated that the thoughts of all are with those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Furthermore, the Premier League’s priority is the health and safety of players, coaches, managers, club staff, supporters and the wider community.
The League and clubs are considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with Government guidance, under expert medical advice and after consultation with players and managers.
The League welcomed the creation of the Government medical working group for a return of elite sport, which met for the first time this morning.
No decisions were taken at today’s Shareholders’ meeting and clubs exchanged views on the information provided regarding “Project Restart”.
It was agreed that the PFA, LMA, players and managers are key to this process and will be further consulted.
The clubs reconfirmed their commitment to finishing the 2019/20 season, maintaining integrity of the competition and welcomed the Government’s support.Statement – Premier League