Government minister confirms plan is to restart Premier League in June

Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden insists the Government wants football to return in June.

But he has made it clear supporters need to be given every chance possible to watch matches – and wants the Premier League to offer more financial help to EFL clubs facing going bankrupt due to the suspension of football.

Dowden held crunch talks with Premier League and EFL bosses today along with the Football Association in a bid to thrash out plans to resume the season.

He insisted the talks were positive and that there remains a goodwill amongst all parties involved to get the campaign finished.

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But Dowden insisted it was up to the football authorities to formulate a plan that will work and the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: “Today’s positive meeting I hosted with the football authorities progressed plans for the resumption of the professional game in England.

“We all agreed that we will only go ahead if it is safe to do so and the health and welfare of players, coaches and staff comes first.

There has been no Premier League football since mid-March
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“The government is opening the door for competitive football to return safely in June.

“This should include widening access for fans to view live coverage and ensure finances from the game’s resumption supports the wider football family.

“It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans, and there is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.

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“The Government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support to the game ahead…