Premier League chief executive Richard Masters optimistic of fans returning next season | Football News

In an exclusive interview, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters also says he expects VAR to be in use for the remainder of this season

By Calum Wilson

Last Updated: 29/05/20 1:03pm

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is hopeful fans can return next season

The Premier League says there is “optimism that we will see fans back in the stadiums next season” but that crowds are likely to return “on a phased basis”.

Top-flight football is set to return after a three-month shutdown on June 17, with matches behind closed doors at venues yet to be finalised.

Sky Sports will show 64 of this season’s remaining live Premier League games, and make 25 available free-to-air when play resumes.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters reflected on the proposed return next month, the use of VAR in the remaining 92 matches this season and when supporters might be able to return to stadiums.

“No one knows when matches will move away from the behind closed doors model and it is right to have contingency plans in place, but there is optimism at the Premier League and at clubs that we will see fans back in the stadiums next season and it may happen on a phased basis,” Masters said.

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