Manchester United chief Ed Woodward has suggested the return of the Premier League is near.
Football in England has been on hold for more than two months due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the Premier League took the first step towards a return this week with players returning to training.
And now United vice-chairman Woodward is saying games are likely to return in June, in line with the Premier League’s target of June 12.
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“While it is too soon to know with any certainty if, or when, these measures can fully be relaxed, we are optimistic that it will soon be possible to resume playing football,” Woodward said in a statement.
“Our men’s first team has begun a phased return to training this week, with rigorous medical protocols in place to manage risks.
“Subject to government and Premier League shareholder approval, including input from medical staff and players, we anticipate domestic games could restart again in June. All indications from Uefa are that the culmination of the Europa League could be during August.
Coronavirus is having an impact across sport in Europe, with football league schedules suspended in several countries, including in England, Spain and Italy. But what happens next?
– 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.
– We asked the fans what they want to see happen, following the suspension of football in the Premier League. Here’s what they said.
“We remain in constant dialogue with the Premier League, the FA and Uefa…