The Premier League received a massive boost in its ‘Project Restart’ as there were no cases reported in the recently conducted test of the coronavirus. It has been scheduled to restart from June 17 and this is a major milestone in the league moving ahead on its course.
A total of 1,130 players and club staff were tested on May 28 and 29. In the three previous rounds of testing since players resumed training, there were 12 positives. No league matches have been played since March but the league said on Thursday that the season will restart on June 17 provided all safety requirements have been met.
There are 92 fixtures remaining, all of which will be played without fans, although the league said every game will be broadcast live.
No Positive Coronavirus Case In The Fourth Round Of COVID-19 Tests
“The Premier League can today confirm that on Thursday 28 May and Friday 29 May, 1,130 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19. Of these, zero have tested positive,” the league said in a statement.
League’s Chief Executive Richard Masters said he welcomed the government’s announcement but said there was still work to be done to ‘ensure the safety of everyone involved’.
“All major sports, including the Premier League, have been working together with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to produce this Stage Three protocol,” he said.
Premier League To Return In Action From June 17
Finally, after all the havoc wrecked by the coronavirus pandemic, there is some good news coming from the world of sports as the English League is set to return from June 17. The top-flight clubs on Thursday agreed to restart the 2019/20 season on June 17, provided that all safety requirements are in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, both rearranged games will take place on that date, the English top-flight said in a statement. The last league match before the shutdown was Leicester versus Aston Villa on March 9, with all English professional football suspended four days later.