Premier League release new statement on restart plans for the season

Premier League sides remain united in their desire to finish the campaign, but the controversial proposal of completing the season by June 30 was not even raised in Friday’s meeting.

All top-flight teams were represented on the video call in which the key topic of conversation was a debate over models for completing the campaign.

The Premier League have said that the current season will not resume until the Government declares it is safe to continue.

No representative in attendance raised the idea of finishing the campaign by June 30 and the issues of pay cuts and transfer windows were also not discussed.

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A Premier League spokesperson said: “We are acutely aware of the distress COVID-19 is causing and our thoughts are with all those directly affected by the pandemic.

“In common with other businesses and industries, the Premier League and our clubs are working through complex planning scenarios. We are actively engaging with stakeholders, including broadcast partners, and our aim is to ensure we are in a position to resume playing when it is safe to do so and with the full support of the Government.

“The health and wellbeing of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters are our priority and the League will only restart when medical guidance allows.

“Today’s shareholders’ meeting provided an opportunity to discuss possible scheduling models. It remains our objective to complete the 2019/20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.

“In response to the pandemic, the Premier League, our clubs and players have provided vital support for communities and the NHS and will continue to do so after matches recommence.”

Before the meeting had concluded, Jamie Carragher said that hard decisions would need to be taken soon – and warned that “something will have to give'” when a resumption for the season is agreed.

“There have been a lot of ‘semi-decisions’ to buy time but I think very soon we’ll have to make decisions on this season and next season,” said Carragher.

“Something’s got to give at some stage – maybe a competition this season or next has to be taken out of the calendar to allow space because next season may be a tighter timeframe. Right now, no one has given up anything but eventually we’ll need to make decisions and someone will lose out on something.”


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