Premier League return confirmed by the Government. The Culture secretary has also called for free to air matches when the league restarts.
The Premier League and the EFL have been working hard towards the resumption of the current season. They have now received a huge boost towards their attempts to restart the campaign that has been halted following the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Culture secretary Oliver Dowden hosted a video meeting with the Chief Executives of the Premier League, the EFL and the Football Association. Dowden gave them the government’s nod of approval to Project restart. He also revealed that he had sent them to finalise their preparations for a return.
However, he also asked them to thrash out a deal with television companies to ensure there are free-to-air matches when the competitions kick off again.
Premier League return confirmed by the Government
” The Government is opening the door for competitive football to return safely in June,” Oliver Dowden declared according to The Mirror.
“This should include widening access for fans to view live coverage and ensure finances from the game’s resumption supports the wider football family.”
“It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans,” Dowden added.
“There is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.
“The Government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support to the game ahead of any final decision which would put these plans into action.”
However, Dowden ensured that a return would only go ahead after it was deemed completely safe to do so.
“We all agreed that we will only go ahead if it is safe to do so and the health and welfare of players, coaches and staff comes first,” he said.
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