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Finally, after all the havoc wrecked by the coronavirus pandemic, there is some good news coming from the world of sports as Premier 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.
However, the restart date is conditional on the top-level sport being given the green light to return by the British government.
Premier League Set To Resume Action From June 17
“Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June,” said chief executive Richard Masters. “But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority,” he added.
“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,” Masters further said.
Bundesliga Set The Benchmark For The Return
It is notable that Bundesliga became the first league across Europe’s top five leagues to resume their campaign after the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic for two months. Bundesliga resumed with using draconian hygiene guidelines, regular testing of players and insisting on games in near-empty stadiums. Hugging, embracing and handshakes were also banned.
Spain’s premier football league, La Liga is also set to return from June 8 next month. The Spanish Prime Minister, on Saturday, confirmed the resumption of the league with effect from June 8. La Liga clubs have already started training after having a break of almost two months due to the onslaught of the coronavirus pandemic.