Late Sunday, there was a report that the Premier League was working closely with Government officials for the league, which is currently on hold due to the coronavirus crisis, to resume matches in June.
According to that report, a tentative agreement was reached, and clubs were told to prepare for the possibility the season would get back underway in a few months.
The Mirror have added some new details to their initial disclosure of the June plan. They maintain that some clubs have told their players to expect a mini pre-season to begin next month.
The remainder of the season would then be packed into an expedited schedule starting in June and finishing in early July. That would see teams playing about every three to four days. But this, of course, all hinges on the coronavirus being contained.
The league and the Government continue to meet regularly to keep up with the evolving situation. The expectation has been that the spike in positive cases will happen over the next few weeks. If we then see the downward curve, the rest of this season could be green-lighted for June.
There will likely be some strict requirements if the games are able to be played. One astonishing claim in this report is that matches could be played behind closed doors for the rest of this year. That would impact the opening months of next season as well.
Another claim is that players will be frequently tested for the virus by their clubs. This will allow clubs to react quickly if any player should become infected.
The Premier League’s next meeting is scheduled for April 17th. This meeting will take a further look at player wages and also the timetable for a return.
Since it is over a week away, the league should have a clearer understanding of how the battle against this virus is going and if their tentative plans for a resumption of matches in June is feasible.