Premier League to return on June 12 at neutral grounds behind closed doors – if Government gives the g – The Sun,

THE Premier League will return on June and be staged behind closed doors at neutral stadiums – if the Government gives the green light.

The latest video conference meeting of the 27 “shareholder” clubs lasted some three and a half hours today as they debated a range of issues.

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 The Premier League are looking at restarting the season on June 12 - with games set to be held at 12 neutral venues The Premier League are looking at restarting the season on June 19 – with games set to be held at neutral venues Clubs remain determined. to finish the season if possible – as long as there is government approval.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has signalled the national lockdown will only be eased in stages and not before next Thursday.

Clubs are hoping to begin some form of formal training from May , with a target for the return of games to resume the season on June .

The realities of Covid – issues worldwide mean clubs now accept fans will be banned into next season, although at this stage there is no date when supporters might be allowed to watch in the flesh again.

But it was agreed following a series of discussions and briefings that matches will be restricted to specific stadiums throughout the country.

That means the determination of some clubs to ensure themselves of “home advantage” in their remaining matches has been sacrificed in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The clubs have agreed with police advice that the chosen venues should, if possible, be away from congested urban areas.
West Ham’s London Stadium, Arsenal ‘s Emirates and the Etihad home of Manchester City look certain to be among the final venues chosen.

But no club will be allowed to play in their own home ground in a bid to equalise the unprecedented scenario.

The clubs agreed to meet again next Friday, (hours after the next lockdown announcement.)

And the scheduled May (meeting has been put back to May) , giving the clubs more time to assess the evolving situation.


Meanwhile, the Premier League is facing an (ENTIRE season being played behind closed doors and huge financial losses unless a vaccine for coronavirus is created.

Sporting authorities are considering playing all football in England’s top-four leagues in front of empty stadiums until May .

Senior officials hope to reopen grounds in December, but everything on depends on Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision over mass gatherings.

Should Johnson take a tough approach to events such as football matches, music festivals and concerts, it is unlikely they can go ahead without a vaccine available.

The secretary general of Fifpro – the international footballers’ union – Jonas Baer-Hoffman, said: “In terms of fans being back inside stadiums that might likely not be possible until people are vaccinated.

“So it may well be that we play a full season without spectators.”

Elsewhere, clubs are scrambling to buy face masks as stars return to training ahead of the proposed June 8 season-restart.

Top-flight stars have been ordered to cover their faces when they get back to work, with Arsenal and Tottenham already in training.

It is all part of the rules laid out in ” Project Restart “ with clubs determined to finish the season rather than cancel it, like France, Belgium and Holland.

And with all clubs keen to get a head-start on the competition, they’ve raced to purchase face masks for their players and staff.

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Altitude Mask founder – and football agent – Saif Rubie told Sky Sports News: “In the last three days we have been inundated with requests, mainly from the Bundesliga and the Premier League.

“Our product has been sent out to six or seven Premier League clubs in the last couple of days.”

The Premier League are also considering keeping match venues secret from the public to ensure there are no mass gatherings outside the stadium.

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