The Premier League will resume definitively next month. The league organizer, after consultation with the clubs, has chosen Wednesday 17 June as the date when football will be played again in England.
The Premier League continues in twenty days with the catch-up games Manchester City-Arsenal and Aston Villa-Sheffield United. A full round will follow in the weekend of 19, 20 and 21 June. The full schedule will be announced at a later stage.
In addition to the two make-up matches, nine rounds of play have to be completed in the Premier League. All games are played without an audience. That was one of the conditions of the government when it recently approved a restart.
Liverpool in particular will be relieved to be playing football again. The 'Reds' were in the lead when the league was halted in March due to the corona crisis, with a lead of no less than 25 ahead of number two Manchester City, so they feared that they would miss the first title since 1990.
Clubs benefit from finishing the season
The clubs are keen to finish the season because otherwise they will miss out on millions of euros in television money. A number of players, including Sergio Aguëro and Raheem Sterling, do not like that because they are afraid of their health. The test rounds have so far always yielded positive cases.
The teams have been allowed to train with the whole group again since Wednesday. They already returned to the field on May 19, but so far only small groups were allowed to train and physical duels were not allowed. Strict regulations still apply.
The Premier League is the third European top league to complete the season. The Bundesliga started over a week ago and La Liga from June 8. Serie A will make a decision on Thursday about a possible sequel. Ligue 1 and the Eredivisie, among others, have already been discontinued.
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