Will O'Callaghan
Will O'Callaghan

16.52 30 May 2020


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It's been confirmed that The Premier League is set to restart behind closed doors on the 17th of June after the UK's government approved the plans this afternoon.

The official green light has been given for live sport to resume behind closed doors in Britain from next week.

Oliver Dowden, who's the secretary for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport says it's a significant step to life returning to normal:

"The wait is over. Live British sport will shortly be back on in safe and carefully controlled environments.

"This guidance provides the safe framework for sports to resume competitions behind closed doors. It is now up to individual sports to confirm they can meet these protocols and decide when it's right for them to restart.

"This is a significant moment for British sport. By working with clinicians every step of the way, we are creating the safest possible environments for everyone involved."

"The Premier League welcomes the Government's announcement today," the league's chief executive Richard Masters said of the announcement.

"All major sports, including the Premier League, have been working together with the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to produce this Stage Three protocol.

"We could not have reached this point without the full support of the Government, especially DCMS, Public Health England and the Chief Medical Officer's team.

"We have provisionally planned to restart the Premier League on 17 June, but there is still much work to be done to ensure the safety of everyone involved. This includes consulting with our clubs, players and managers - along with all our other stakeholders - as the health and welfare of our participants and supporters is our priority.

"If all goes well, we will be thrilled to resume the 2019/20 season in just over two weeks' time."


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