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Premier League clubs agree for June 17 restart and August 1 finish after top flight sides hold positive meeting

talksport.com, 28 May 2020, 10:29
Premier League clubs agree for June 17 restart and August 1 finish after top flight sides hold positive meeting
Premier League clubs have agreed for the season to restart on June 17, with Manchester City hosting Arsenal and Sheffield United facing Aston Villa to kickstart the remainder of the campaign.

The Project Restart initiative was handed a boost after talks between the 20 clubs were held on Thursday, in which they agreed on the date to get the action back under way next month.

The two matches scheduled for Wednesday, June 17 are the 'games in hand' and will bring all 20 clubs up to 29 matches played.

Another match may take place on Friday, June 19 but the first full round of fixtures will start on Saturday, June 20 with games staggered across the weekend.

It is understood Premier League bosses want the season to be concluded by the weekend of August 1.

The top-flight has been suspended since March 13 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, with Leicester City's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9 the last game to have been played.

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A statement read: "Premier League shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so.

"Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.

"The Premier League's priority is the health and well-being of all participants.

"Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.

"Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government.

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