Premier League To Return Mid-June Behind Closed Doors
5/28/2020 6:05:11 PM

Premier League clubs approved of a return to play Thursday at a shareholders meeting, snapping 100 days without action due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first matches will take place on June 17, with Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa taking on Sheffield United to give all teams 29 matches played.

The remaining 90 matches will start two days later following a full match round program.

Games will take place behind closed doors without fans with venues to be named later.

"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," Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said. ''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," he continued. "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 league looks to complete regular season play by Aug. 1, with the FA Cup to be capped off a week later.

Testing amounts will be increased by clubs and anyone who tests positive will be asked to self-isolate for a week.

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