Premier League’s plan to finish the season’: Start again on June 1, play all of the matches in just SIX weeks and begin the 2020-21 campaign in early August
The Premier League is formulating a new contingency plan to finish the season which reportedly involves games starting from June 1 and all matches being played within a time frame of just six weeks.
The current season has been suspended until at least April 30 due to the rapid spread of coronavirus across the UK and the globe.
The Premier League’s schedule proposal would allow the 2020-2021 campaign to begin on August 8, circumventing a financial catastrophe for clubs with mammoth wage bills.
According to The Telegraph, the June 1 start date, which is in just ten weeks’ time, is not set in stone but more of a target for the Premier League with the Football Association determined for the season to be concluded.
The FA announced earlier this week that they had bent their own rules to allow the season to be ‘extended indefinitely’ past the previous June 1 deadline.
Following UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championships by a year, the June 1 start date is one of the best-case scenarios being considered by the Premier League and Football League.
The Telegraph’s report states that games would be played behind closed doors while the Premier League would require the government to sanction the presence of emergency crews within the ground.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, those resources are currently in short supply with Prime Minister Boris Johnson issuing a nationwide lockdown this week in an unprecedented move to shutdown pubs, cafes, restaurants and public spaces across the country while there has been no football played in the UK since March 13.
Under the Premier League’s June 1 plan, they also intend for the FA Cup to be completed which would not only satisfy key broadcasting partners BT Sport and Sky Sports, but also allow the new season to begin on time.