Premier League 2020 organizers have confirmed the tournament will be postponed indefinitely instead of returning on May 1 as originally planned.
The Premier League has yet to determine a return date
Today, the Premier League organizers have an online meeting with representatives of 20 clubs to discuss the fate of the remaining matches this season, in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic complexity.
In an official statement issued after an online meeting with representatives of 20 Premier League teams, the tournament’s organizers confirmed: “The Premier League 2020 will not return in early May as expected when everything is safe and appropriate to organize. “
“The date of the return depends on the assessment of the situation of the authorities. The impact of the COVID-19 epidemic is increasing and we need to work together to overcome this challenging period. The organizers also working closely with all professional teams as well as government agencies to ensure the best possible cooperation solution, “the tournament representative added.
On March 12, Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta was confirmed positive for the Coronavirus. The organizers must immediately organize an emergency meeting with the teams and agree to postpone the tournament until April 30.
However, in the context of the complicated COVID-19 epidemic in the UK, this plan was changed after the meeting on 3/4. With this decision, the Premier League 2020 also fell into indefinite suspension like many other national championships in Europe.
Premier teams still want to continue playing
Another important detail was also given at the meeting in the afternoon of 3/4, which is the team wants to cut 30% of the player’s income together. A meeting between tournament organizers, players, and team representatives will take place on 4 April to agree on this. The British Professional Football Association (PFA) is also invited to attend.
In the Premier League 2020 rankings, Liverpool is leading with 82 points, 25 points behind Man City. The championship race is almost arranged when “The Kop” only needs 2 more victories to make it to the championship.
However, contrary to the Belgian league, the Premier League teams still want to continue playing. They expect the tournament to end in mid-summer this year.
“We will look into the epidemic situation to inform about the time of the season’s return. We will work closely together to overcome this difficult situation.”
The Premier League 2020 organizers will work closely with English professional clubs as well as the Government and authorities to find the best way to reorganize the tournament.
Our goal is that the remaining Premier League 2020 matches and other domestic leagues will still take place, to ensure the integrity of the season. However, matches are only held in safe conditions ”.
There have been a lot of proposals made in recent years, such as the Premier League matches that will be held on the stadium without the audience and broadcast live on television. Or the Organizing Committee may consider the central competition plan (in Central England or London).
If the remaining matches cannot be organized, the Premier League Organizing Committee will suffer a great loss of TV royalties. In addition, they risk a legal battle with the clubs involved.
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