Premier League issues update as it plans for summer football

The Premier League has reaffirmed its commitment to finishing the season.

Newcastle United had nine games left to play when the Premier League was suspended in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are plans to restart the fixtures in the summer – if its safe to do so – and the Premier League, which faces a £1billion loss if the season cannot be completed, today issued an update.

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The statement read: “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.

St James's Park.St James's Park.
St James's Park.

"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 (Professional Footballers’ Association), LMA (League Managers’ Association), players and managers are key to this process and will be further consulted.

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"The clubs reconfirmed their commitment to finishing the 2019/20 season, maintaining integrity of the competition and welcomed the Government’s support."