Premier League clubs debated possible scheduling models, to finish the 2019-20 season at their latest meeting. All 20 clubs were represented on a video call today. The Premier League suspended the season indefinitely last month, having previously chosen the resumption date of April 30, and no date is in place to restart the campaign.
On Thursday, the government imposed another three weeks of lockdown measures and the Premier League said games will only resume with the full backing of all stakeholders.
No representative in attendance raised the idea of finishing the season by June 30, and the issues of pay cuts and transfer windows were also not debated. A Premier League spokesperson said: “We are acutely aware of the distress COVID-19 is causing and our thoughts are with all those directly affected by the pandemic. “In common with other businesses and industries, the Premier League and our clubs are working through complex planning scenarios. We are actively engaging with stakeholders, including broadcast partners, and our aim is to ensure we are in a position to resume playing when it is safe to do so and with the full support of the Government.”
“The health and well being of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters are our priority and the League will only restart when medical guidance allows.”
“Today’s shareholders’ meeting provided an opportunity to discuss possible scheduling models. It remains our objective to complete the 2019/20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops. In response to the pandemic, the Premier League, our clubs and players have provided vital support for communities and the NHS and will continue to do so after matches recommence.”
By Muyiwa aguda