UEFA want the Premier League and other European leagues to make a decision on their season restart by May 25th, according to their latest statement.
Sky Sports News relay a statement from UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and UEFA general secretary Theodore Theodoridis, suggesting all 55 associations need to have restart plans ready to communicate to UEFA by May 25th.
The statement reads: “National associations and/or leagues should be in a position to communicate to UEFA by 25 May 2020 the planned restart of their domestic competitions including the date of restart and the relevant competition format.”
They also want specific explanations from the likes of the Dutch FA as to why they terminated their season early. The suggestion is that this will be taken into account when allowing clubs to qualify for Europe next season.
Obviously, the Netherlands banning all professional sporting events until September is probably going to count as a fair extenuating circumstance.
The Premier League will hold a conference call on Friday to decide the manner of their return. In particular, they’ll discuss where games will take place. Most likely, this will either involve a list of approved stadiums or neutral venues like St. George’s Park.
The government are in talks with the league, aiming to get football back as soon as it’s safe. They’re not fully committing to any specific schedule, but at least they’re working for the same goal.