Put the date in your diary – Premier League football will be back on June 17.
The provisional restart date for the top flight season was agreed during a lengthy video conference call between Premier League bosses and all 20 clubs yesterday.
In a huge boost to football fans, the campaign will kick-off again behind closed doors with those teams with games in hand being told to play first.
This would see Aston Villa host Sheffield United and Arsenal visit Manchester City that would take all the 20 clubs up to 29 matches.
Full fixture lists would then take place from the following weekend onwards in the hope of completing the season by August 1. Players will have had three weeks to train and prepare for the return of competitive games.
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Up to 12 of the remaining games, including all derbies, have been identified as ‘high profile’ and will be staged at neutral venues on police advice.
Football was suspended in March due to Covid-19 – but clubs have remained determined to get the campaign completed as soon as possible, leaving August free to stage the FA Cup final and remaining games in the Champions League and Europa League.
All 92 remaining domestic matches will be broadcast live in the UK by the League’s existing broadcast partners, while for the first time since the League’s inception in 1992, the BBC will also broadcast four games free to air. Kick off times will differ slightly.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “We have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June.
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“But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.
“Sadly, matches will have to take…