Premier League clubs given new deadline to start 2020-21 season

first_imgNo Premier League football has been played since early March (Picture: Getty Images)Premier League clubs have reportedly been informed that the 2020-21 season must start by the first week of September at the latest, despite delays to the current campaign over the coronavirus.COVID-19 has put a stop to all action for the foreseeable future, with no proposed return date due to concerns over the safety of players and fans.In a meeting between top-flight clubs on Friday, English sides reiterated their desire to complete the current season and are mulling over scheduling plans.Clubs are still hopeful of a restart in the week beginning June 8, but that will depend on Government guidelines, making it almost impossible to plan ahead of time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAccording to the Telegraph, the new September start date for the next season has put huge pressure on clubs to wrap up the 2020-21 campaign quickly. Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveThat date effectively means games would need to resume by July in order to play out the remaining 92 fixtures of this season in time.Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 17 Apr 2020 8:14 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.5kShares Premier League clubs given new deadline to start 2020-21 season The Premier League has insisted the current season will be completed (Visionhaus)A Premier League statement on Friday morning read: ‘We are acutely aware of the distress COVID-19 is causing and our thoughts are with all those directly affected by the pandemic.‘In common with other businesses and industries, the Premier League and our clubs are working through complex planning scenarios. We are actively engaging with stakeholders, including broadcast partners, and our aim is to ensure we are in a position to resume playing when it it safe to do so and with the full support of the government.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘The health and well-being of players, coaches, managers, club staff, and supporters are our priority and the league will only restart when medical guidance allows.‘Today’s shareholders’ meeting provided an opportunity to discuss possible scheduling models. It remains our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.‘In response to the pandemic, the PL, our clubs and players have provided vital support for communities and the NHS and will continue to do so after matches recommence.’MORE: Jurgen Klopp reveals his WhatsApp messages to Liverpool’s players during coronavirus breakMORE: Oasis legend and Manchester City fan Noel Gallagher says Liverpool should be awarded Premier League titleFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Comment Advertisementlast_img

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