Premier League to resume with midweek fixtures on June 17
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The Premier League’s clubs have settled on a restart date of Wednesday, June 17 at today’s shareholders’ meeting.
A statement on the official Norwich City web site confirmed the details.
“Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019-20 season of Wednesday, June 17 provided that all safety requirements are in place,” it said.
“Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal – postponed due to the EFL Cup Final – will now take place on June 17, followed by a full match round beginning on Friday, June 19. Due to COVID-19, games will take place behind closed doors.”
The Premier League shareholders also approved a proposal that would see all 92 remaining matches broadcast live in the UK by the League’s existing broadcast partners – Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime. Midweek matches will kick off at 6pm and 8pm; Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm and 8pm; Sundays at noon, 2pm, 4.30pm and 7pm and Mondays 8pm.
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“Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday, June 17,” said Premier League chief executive Richard Masters. “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.
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“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 planned kick-off times in the UK for live matches will also differ from the traditional times.
Clubs have been meeting today to discuss the finer details of Project Restart, following Wednesday’s unanimous vote to approve stage two of the Return to Training Protocol, which allows teams to gradually build up to full contact training, within stringent hygiene guidelines and taking all precautions possible.
Norwich City were due to host Southampton in their next game before the season was suspended, ahead of a home FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester United.
The Premier League intend to conclude the campaign on the weekend of August 1-2, with the FA Cup final to follow the next weekend. It’s previously been widely reported that the Premier League intends to begin the 2020-21 season in September.
It’s not yet clear whether next season will have to be played without spectators as well.
Norwich also have home league games against Everton, Brighton, West Ham and Burnley, with trips to Arsenal, Chelsea, Watford and Manchester City scheduled as well. Daniel Farke’s team sit bottom and six points from safety ahead of the restart.
The meeting follows the Premier League releasing the latest coronavirus testing results last night, with a further four positive tests taking the total to 12 from 2,752 so far, or 99.6 percent negative overall - with players and staff at each club being tested twice a week.
The Canaries’ fixtures were due to be played in the following order, with a home game against Everton to be rescheduled due to FA Cup action.
Southampton - H
Man Utd (FA Cup) - H
Arsenal - A
Brighton - H
Watford - A
West Ham - H
Chelsea - A
Burnley - H
Man City - A
TBC: Everton - H
City’s last game was a 1-0 loss at Sheffield United on Saturday, March 7 and their last Carrow Road match was a 1-0 win over high-flying Leicester on Friday, February 28.
Monday, June 15 will mark 100 days since that match at Bramall Lane for Daniel Farke’s team, so there will be some significant training needed for players to get up to speed, with The Athletic also reporting today that Premier League clubs are considering playing friendly games against each other.
The Canaries have already acknowledged that games will be played behind closed doors by starting the refund process for season ticket holders, members and those with tickets for the remaining games, the process of which begins on Monday with decisions having to be made by the deadline of Tuesday, June 30.