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English Premier League ( EPL) Likely Return on Jun 17

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The Premier League season will restart on June 17 provided all safety requirements have been put in place, the league said on Thursday after meeting with all 20 clubs.

There are several issues still to be addressed despite representatives of the 20 clubs having discussed details of a return to action for several hours.

The season will get back under way on that Wednesday with Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, which are both games in hand.

A full fixture list will then be played on the weekend of June 19-21. All games will be played without fans in attendance.

The Premier League was suspended on March 13 due to the Covid-19 pandemic but teams returned to small group training last week and on Wednesday voted unanimously to return to contact training, including tackling.

“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,” said Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters.

Failure to resume the season could cost the league around 750 million pounds ( RM 4 billion) in lost revenue from broadcasters according to British media estimates.

“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,” said Masters.

“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 added.

Given the additional number of live games on television, the league said kick-offs would “differ from the traditional times.”

Liverpool, bidding to lift their first league title in 30 years, lead the standings by 25 points.