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Premier League to return on June 17 after 100-day break amid coronavirus

The Premier League is set to return on June 17 after the clubs gave “Project Restart” the green light at a shareholders’ meeting on Thursday.

Four teams have 10 fixtures remaining, and so to bring them in line with the rest of the League, Manchester City versus Arsenal and Aston Villa against Sheffield United will be the first fixtures played.

The remaining 90 games will then begin from Friday, June 19, with every match shown live on television, no two games played at the same time across a weekend and all matches televised in the U.K.

The league is hoping to be finished to allow the FA Cup final to take place on Aug. 1, with the semifinals on July 18-19. The FA Cup quarterfinals will take place over the weekend of June 27.

All dates are provisional, subject to the appropriate safety measures being put in place and other issues being finalised, but it marks the biggest step yet toward the return of competitive football in England.nfl jerseys nike cheap

There are several issues still to be addressed despite representatives of the 20 clubs having discussed details of a return to action for several hours.7

Sources have told ESPN that it is possible high-profile fixtures could still be played at neutral venues because of fears that crowds could gather outside stadiums as the nationwide lockdown eases and the warm weather continues.

It has also been suggested that Liverpool may have to play their remaining home games — against Crystal Palace, Aston Villa, Burnley and Chelsea — away from Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s side are 25 points clear at the top of the table and require just two wins to secure the club’s first League title in 30 years.

No final decision was taken, with clubs expected to vote on outstanding issues at the next shareholders’ meeting on June 4, including placings being decided on an unweighted points-per-game basis if the season is curtailed.buy nike nfl jerseys cheap

There is also hope that broadcasters will agree on a reduction in the television rebate from the current £340m suggested if all matches are completed by the beginning of August.

The willingness to stagger matches for television — midweek rounds will be played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday — can be attributed to a desire to minimise the rebate, given there will be some weeks where games are on every night.

The Saturday 3 p.m. blackout — the tradition whereby no matches in England are televised at that time — will be relaxed. It was introduced to help maintain fans’ attendance at matches instead of watching on the television but with games taking place behind closed doors, the measure was deemed unnecessary.