On June 12, the Premier League will return with games to be played on neutral grounds behind closed doors if the government is providing the green light amid the Coronavirus pandemic.
A video conference meeting between the 20 Premier League “shareholder” clubs was held on Friday and they addressed the rules and regulations on returning to training, as well as matches being played behind closed doors due to the global crisis.
It was decided at the conference, according to The Sun, that matches would be played on neutral grounds away from congested urban areas as part of the league’s “Project Restart” initiative to restart play.
The final venues where the games will be played are likely to be West Ham’s London Stadium, Arsenal’s Emirates and Manchester City’s Etihad home. But they do not authorize any club to play on their home ground.
Premier League clubs are already preparing to begin some sort of formal training from May 18, intending to start the season on June 12 for the return of games.
Next Friday the clubs decided to meet again and present the proposal for approval to the Government.
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.
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