The Premier League is on course to resume from the middle of June, according to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden.
The league has been suspended since early March due to the outbreak of Coronavirus in the UK.
Bundesliga in Germany returned to action at the weekend with strict testing procedures in place for players and officials with the games played behind closed doors.
Plans are now in place for a similar Premier League return with June 19 seen as the target date.
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Dowden has explained that he is confident of meeting that date with the plan to show some of the matches on free-to-air TV to encourage the public to stay indoors.
“I had some very constructive discussions on Thursday with the FA, the EFL and the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.
“We are working hard to get it back in mid-June but the number one test is public safety.
“If we can do this in a safe way… they are looking at returning behind closed doors and they have met with Public Health England several times to look at the safety of that.
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– The Champions League and Europa League have been suspended, and UEFA have announced plans for what could happen next.
– The Premier League clubs are set for more talks with a key vote over the next steps regarding training.
– Decisions have been made regarding other leagues across Europe, including in France, Holland and Germany.
– Decisions have been made regarding the National League and other non-league football.
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