EPL matches resume on June 12… How PL hopes season will resume (Times)

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Times has listed how Premier League hopes season will resume.

Key Dates

Sunday, May 10 — Boris Johnson due to give update on lockdown restrictions

May 11 — Premier League meeting responding to government update

May 12 — Players train in small groups but with social distancing

May 25 — Contact training introduced

June 12 — Premier League matches resume. No two matches played simultaneously to allow maximum television coverage

July 27 — Premier League’s 2019-20 season completed.

August 3 After one-week break, players return to training for pre-season.

August 8 FA Cup final planned, although the match could be staged in midweek on August 5. Seven ties remain in the competition and all are due to be played at Wembley Stadium

August 9 Champions League and Europa League campaigns resume, with aim of completing within three weeks

August 22 Pencilled in as start date for 2020-21 Premier League campaign to begin after three-week pre-season

August 29 — Champions League final in Istanbul

September 12 Contingency plan for a later start date to the 2020-21 Premier League season

Television Coverage

Of the 92 outstanding games, Sky as it stands has 39 matches and BT eight. However, all the games are now likely to be televised, with kick-offs staggered throughout the day.

Broadcasters are keen to have extra content to make up for the lack of atmosphere at matches played behind closed doors.

A working group has been set up with the 20 clubs to consider ideas, which include the possibility of managers and players being interviewed at half-time, something BT already does in its rugby coverage.

Another idea is to allow cameras into the dressing room, with or without sound, a proposal which has been resisted by clubs over the years but is also being considered for next season.

Venues

The Premier League plans to use between eight and ten neutral grounds to complete the season.

Stadiums that are modern and situated in less built-up and densely populated areas are seen as most likely for possible venues, as the Premier League is keen to avoid fans congregating around grounds on match days.

Possible venues include Brighton & Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium, which is located five miles outside the city centre, West Ham United’s London Stadium in Stratford, Leicester City’s King Power Stadium and Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

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