PROGRESS Premier League confirm June 17 restart and August 1 finish after top flight sides hold positive meeting
The Premier League have confirmed the restart of the season on Wednesday, June 17.
Two rearranged matches – Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United – will kickstart the remainder of the campaign in 20 days.
The return date was agreed on after talks between the 20 clubs were held on Thursday.
The clubs also agreed that all 92 matches would be broadcast live by the league’s partners – Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June. But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.
“Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.
“The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.
“We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season.”
The two matches scheduled for Wednesday, June 17 are the ‘games in hand’ and will bring all teams up to 29 matches played.
Another match may take place on Friday, June 19 and the first full round of fixtures will start on Saturday, June 20 with games staggered across the weekend.
It is understood Premier League bosses want the season to be concluded by the weekend of August 1.
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It is also believed staggered kick-off times will be used for the remaining 92 matches.
Games on a Friday will kick off at 8pm, while on Saturday the slots will be 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 8pm.
Sunday matches will kick off at either 12pm, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm, with Monday games starting at 8pm.
Midweek games on Tuesdays and Wednesday will kick off at either 6pm or 8pm.
The news means the BBC will be televising Premier League matches live for the first time since the competition’s founding in 1992.