The Premier League has received the government go-ahead to resume on June 1, ending a suspension of almost three months due to the coronavirus lockdown.
England’s top flight has plans to restart the competition by next month when it’s understood professional sports will be allowed to get back underway.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson provided an update regarding the United Kingdom’s plan to gradually ease the COVID-19 lockdown measures on Sunday evening before a 50-page report was released on Monday.
The document, entitled "Our Plan to Rebuild: The UK Government's COVID-19 Recovery Strategy," specifies cultural and sporting events can take place for broadcast behind closed-doors, but not before June 1.
Premier League clubs are still due to meet and vote on the format details if the 2019-20 season is to be resumed. Sky Sports News reporter Bryan Swanson commented on the progress of the bid to resume, via Football Daily:
‘Project Restart’ has encountered several major hurdles in its effort to resume the Premier League, not least of which is the fact the UK has suffered around 32,000 coronavirus-related deaths as of Sunday evening—more than any other European country and second only to the United States worldwide—per the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University.
It’s been reported eight clubs—all but two of whom sit in and around the relegation places—have raised issue with the remaining 92 games being played at neutral venues. Jason Burt of the Telegraph cited one senior club source, who said:
“We will play on but if it is with neutral grounds, no crowds, some players refusing to play and others out of contract on June 30 then it should be with no relegation. All those factors distort the season.”
The Premier League needs 14 yes votes out of 20 for Project Restart to go ahead after the plans to resume have been submitted. Squads are on course to begin training together again on May 18.
Oliver Brown of the Telegraph added BBC’s Match of the Day is planning for normal service to resume in June also. It’s been reported many of the behind-closed-doors games will be broadcast on free-to-air television.