The Premier League is aiming to return on June 8th, joining Serie A, the Bundesliga and Ligue 1 in proposing some form of comeback plan.
According to reports, the Premier League is preparing to return on June 8th. The government are apparently supportive of the restart, hoping to lift the nation’s mood.
Meanwhile, Serie A clubs will resume training on May 18th. The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte confirmed as much, with suggestions matches could return in June. At this stage, there’s no official confirmation on that front.
We previously covered reports that the Bundesliga will restart on May 9th, whilst Ligue 1 clubs will rejoin training on May 11th. Like Serie A and the Premier League, Ligue 1 is likely to kick off again in June.
As things stand, La Liga is the only one of Europe’s top-five leagues where football still doesn’t seem very close. Their health minister says football is unlikely to return until ‘the summer’, which is still rather vague.
There are still a tonne of hurdles to overcome. Each match will need hundreds of people present, despite playing behind closed doors. Players are at higher risk of injury after the break and with the new tightly-packed schedule, hence proposals for five substitutes per game.
There are questions over match venues, accommodation, coronavirus testing, contracts and what happens if anyone tests positive. It seems like broadcasting money is enough of a draw to brush those issues aside.