The Premier League

June just got a whole lot more interesting with news that the football authorities are finalising plans for the return of the Premier League. Peter Gray reports.

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What: The Premiership
Expected return: 17 June 2020
Where: Sky/BT

In a move which will send ripples of excitement through towns and cities up and down the land, preparations are now under way for the return of the Premier League.

Dubbed PROJECT RESTART, the league’s plans are said to be at an advanced stage, with the 17th of June pencilled in as the most likely date to restart the competition. Crucially, all 20 teams in the division are said to be in agreement on the plans.

The resumption of the competition would certainly benefit the Premier League, who are due to pay out a massive sum in compensation if the current season is cancelled. It is estimated that Sky, BT and the Premier League’s overseas broadcasters would stand to receive a mindbogglng £762 million if the Premiership fails to return.

News of the restart will be of interest to Liverpool FC, too. Following the league’s dramatic suspension in late March 2020, the European Champions must have feared that their first title in 30 years was to be denied them. However, it now appears as if the Reds might land the trophy, afterall. 

Project Restart includes a number of bold initiatives to ensure that the league can move towards completion. These initiatives include playing matches behind closed doors, using a smaller number of grounds to reduce the burden on ground and medical staff, and instigating a ban on spitting during matches. There are also plans to televise all matches and to make a selection of the games available for free on terrestrial television.

Reassuringly, the government are said to be in full agreement on the League’s plans, with Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson viewing the restoration of the Premiership as a timely boost for the nation after the challenges of the last few months.

More information about the return of the Premier League can be found here.

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-London's Best Events-
What: The Premiership
Expected return: 17 June 2020
Where: Sky/BT
Website: Premier League