Premier League set for return on June 17

The Nike swoosh logo on an official Premier League match ball on May 6, 2020 in Manchester, England.

The Premier League is set to return on June 17 with Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United, after the 20 clubs agreed to come back that week in Thursday’s ‘D-Day’ videoconference.

While the official date proposed and agreed upon is 20 June, the competition has to complete those two games in hand first, and it is also possible that another fixture – potentially Tottenham Hotspur vs Manchester United – is played on Friday 19 June.

It is thought, however, that Friday evenings are likely to be kept free for the EFL.

According to report, the date was put into a proposal for Thursday’s ongoing videoconference, and was one of the first items discussed. A majority of clubs expressed their approval.

The videoconference is expected to last eight hours, with issues like broadcast rebates and home and away grounds still to be discussed.

It is unlikely that everything will be sorted on Thursday, but there is a hope that the 20 June restart can be fixed by the day’s end.

The plans to restart the season, which has been suspended indefinitely since March in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, have accelerated in recent days.

Clubs unanimously agreed to a return to contact training on Wednesday with the vast majority of players now comfortable with the health and safety protocols that are set to be in place.

The league’s testing procedure continues with the latest round returning just four positive results from 1,008 players and staff members tested.

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