EPL Set to Resume By June 1
The British government have given the Premier League the green light to restart the season from 1 June.
Football in the United Kingdom has been shut down indefinitel in indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed more than 30,000 lives in the country.
Premier League clubs have committed to finishing the season in some shape or form with plans for the remaining matches to be played behind closed doors at neutral venues already drawn up.
Under the measures, set out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as part of his “roadmap” out of lockdown, sport will be permitted to be broadcast from behind closed doors from the start of next month at the earliest “while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact”.
The announcement comes as part of step two of the five-step plan alongside additional moves to allow more children back to school, the re-opening of some non-essential retail and the use of more public transport.
The Premier League’s plans to restart are not without their problems, however. It is understood the use of neutral venues remains one of the key contentious issues with the bottom six also anxious to have relegation taken off the table in the event the season cannot be completed. Clubs like
Brighton, Aston Villa and Watford have been vocal critics of the proposal saying removing home advantage will have a damaging effect on the integrity of the league.
All 20 Premier League clubs met via videoconference earlier today to discuss their next move with a vote on restart plans likely early next week.