Premier League set deadline to provide season restart plans by May 25

The Premier League have been told they must produce a full, detailed plan of how they intend to proceed with the coronavirus-hit season by May 25.

The instruction comes from the game’s European governing body, who want to determine before the end of next month whether football in England will – or will not – restart following the COVID-19 outbreak crisis.

Top-flight football has been suspended since March 13 and there have been reports of football returning behind closed doors from June 8 onwards.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and general secretary Theodore Theodoridis have now ordered leagues they need to know their plans going forward including restart date and format.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin wants the Premier League to make a decision by May 25
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Last week saw the 2019-20 season in the Netherlands cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Leaders Ajax have been denied the league title and there will also be no relegation from the Eredivisie and no promotion from the second tier.

Liverpool fans will now eagerly be awaiting whether the Premier League decide to follow suit as they hope to finally finish the campaign and secure the title.

Serie A and the Bundesliga are both confident their seasons will resume as early as next month.

Premier League chiefs must take action before May 25
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However, Watford chairman Scott Duxbury recently admitted he fears football is in danger of rushing back too quickly.

“There is a pandemic — there are immediate needs,” he said.

“The running of the football club is secondary to what we are currently doing with the hospital.

“There is a greater need and a greater good that needs to be addressed.

“Football needs to be put to one side.

“I feel a bit uncomfortable talking about football when we are in this position.

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