The Premier League has been given the green light from the British government to restart the season on June 1.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a road map on Sunday night to ease lockdown restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. The full report has been published.
The 50-page document contains “permission to broadcast cultural and sports events in private while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact,” but will unable to do so until June 1.
In any case, spectators will not be allowed in the stadium when the Premier League returns. 20 league clubs will choose how to continue the season over the next few days, including using a neutral venue to host matches.
The Premier League, EFL and the English Football Association will receive a detailed video conference on the government’s competitive sports agenda on Tuesday.
The source told ESPN that the Department of Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) will speak with all major sports organizations in the UK to explain the details of the government’s proposal for professional sports, which will be continued on June 1.
DCMS has held regular meetings with football authorities since the leagues were abandoned, but Tuesday is seen as the most important day given the prospect of clarity given before the sport is expected to return.
The English Premier League has been banned since March 13 and there is still no consensus on how the 2019-20 season will begin. There are 92 Premier League matches left to play, with the club already training on the pitch, although this is in line with government guidelines on social distance.
The English Premier League and other leagues across Europe have until May 25 to submit detailed plans to UEFA to restart football matches. The Bundesliga will be the first major football league in Europe to continue during the coronavirus pandemic when it starts again this weekend.