Dull weekends soon be over: Premier League considering June return

Anthony Njoku
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The English Premier League is cautiously targeting a resumption on June 1 with a view to completing the season over six weeks before making an August start to the 2020-21 campaign, the Sunday Telegraph reported.

The report said the sketchy plan was a “best-case scenario” aimed at reducing the heavy losses clubs are sustaining as they continue to pay wages while football remains shut down as a result of coronavirus pandemic.

On March 13, all elite level soccer matches in England, including the Premier League, were suspended until April 4 with that stoppage subsequently extended until April 30.

The postponement of the Euro 2020 championship for a year, however, has cleared space in the calendar for domestic competitions to finish if the public health situation improves.

Player contracts, some of which end in June, could be an issue, although world governing body FIFA said it is looking into possible exceptions.

Under the plan being considered, according to Telegraph, the Premier League and FA Cup competitions would be resumed with matches played behind closed doors.

The 2020-21 campaign would get underway after a short break on August 8, the report said, allowing the league to fulfil its commitments in the second season of three-year broadcast deals worth £9.2 billion.

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