Premier League Targets June 17 Return

Published June 1, 2020 by Sol FH

Premier League Targets June 17 Return

The Premier League has announced that they plan to reopen league play on June 17.

Fans of the Premier League received some incredible news after Oliver Dowden, the UK Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport announced last Saturday that all elite sport in the country could return to action, pending they follow strict guidelines. All members of the Premier League, at all levels, have tested negative for the COVID-19 virus, which has led the league to announce its plan for a return, June 17th.

Sadly, the matches will be played behind closed doors, which will be the case for the foreseeable future. 

A Big Matchup to Kick Things Off

If the league is successful in restarting on June 17th, the first match will be one of the biggest of the year with Manchester City vs. Arsenal. The date selected for kickoff is exactly 100 days since it was halted back in mid-March. The other match planned for the evening of the 17th is Aston Villa vs. Sheffield.

After these matches take place, each team in the division will have played 29 times. There are still 92 games of the 2019/20 season still to play, with clubs reportedly set on concluding the season by early August. 

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters related, "Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches. 

The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.

"We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season."

Liverpool is the current leader, 25 points ahead of Manchester City in second place. The Reds were on course to win the league this year before COVID-19 shut everything down. 

Spain and Italy have been discussing a closed-door return, while the Bundesliga returned earlier in May. 

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