English Premier League to restart from June 17 with Man City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: After a suspension of three months due to the coronavirus outbreak across the globe which has afflicted more than 5.8 million people globally, the English Premier League (EPL) on Thursday announced that the league will restart from June 17.
The Premier League in statement said that the shareholders of the league has agreed for a provisional date for the restart of the matches, however, all safety measures and requirements should be followed during the matches.
"Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday 17 June, provided that all safety requirements are in place," Premier League said in a statement.
The first fixtures after the league got suspended in March will be between Aston Villa against Sheffield United. Another match will be played between Manchester City and Arsenal. Both these fixtures had been postponed due to the EFL Cup Final, will now be played on June 17, followed by a full match round beginning from June 19.
However, the EPL has decided that the matches will be played behind closed and no spectators will be allowed to enter the stadium. The decision was taken to keep a check on the COVID-19 spread. Similarly, matches were restarted in German league Bundesliga behind closed doors.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said, as reported by news agency ANI said, "Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League 17 June. 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."
Premier League on Wednesday announced that shareholders "voted unanimously to resume contact training." The squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimizing any unnecessary close contact.
Premier League further stated that strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible, adding that players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.
(With ANI Inputs)
Posted By: Talib Khan