UEFA proposal leaves door open for season to resume in June

In this photo illustration the top level of the English football league Premier League logo seen displayed on a smartphone with a computer model of the COVID-19 coronavirus on the background.

UEFA are considering a plan to hold the final stages of European competition in August - paving the way for the Premier League to complete their current season.

The top flight has been suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak, with clubs having committed to resume the campaign once it is safe to do so.

Liverpool stand a record 25 points clear at the summit and need to win only two of their remaining nine games to lift the title for the first time since 1990.

Everton, meanwhile, are in 12th place but stand only six points adrift of European qualification.

Players would then be given a few weeks off before the 2020/21 campaign started during September.

The plan would therefore allow domestic leagues until the end of July to complete their fixtures. Bundesliga sides in Germany are already back in training while La Liga teams in Spain are expected to being returning on Tuesday.

It emerged on Monday the Premier League are running through a number of various ways of playing their outstanding 92 games, which they anticipate could be completed within a five-week timescale.

The FA has offered the use of Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park as neutral venues to help finish the Premier League season, which is likely to be without fans. Any resumption is dependent on the government having lifted sufficient lockdown restrictions.

UEFA, who acknowledge the priority remains the health and safety of supporters and of footballers, will discuss their options at their next expected meeting on April 23.
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