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Premier League Cancels All Remaining Academy Games


The Premier League have announced that they have canceled all remaining Academy games. This impacts all Academy age groups at Newcastle and other clubs.

Here is the statement that was released after today’s Premier League meeting:

“Premier League Shareholders today unanimously agreed to curtail the 2019/20 Academy Games Programme.

“This decision, which is independent of any discussions regarding the resumption of the 2019/20 campaign for first-team football, has been taken to give Academy staff and their players clarity at this challenging time.

“The curtailment will include all Under-9 to Under-16 games as well as the Under-18 and Under-23 competitions.

“The methodology for determining the final league standings and outcomes for the season will be decided at a future date.

“Additionally, it is intended that any fixtures for the 2020/21 Academy season will not commence any earlier than would usually be expected.

“The decision has been made with the support of the EFL, which oversees the programme for Category Three and Category Four Clubs (Under-9 to Under-18).”

This decision is not very surprising considering the circumstances. With the league facing hurdle after hurdle in getting the senior games back underway, it was never going to be reasonable to have the youngsters playing anytime soon.

While it is a shame for the young lads who will now face a prolonged spell away from the game during a crucial time of their development, it would be hard to justify allowing them to play during this pandemic.


However, the Premier League is still not giving up on this season despite this decision. Like the German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, and Spain’s La Liga, there is still a hope that the games will return in the coming months.

The Premier League concluded their latest meeting on Friday and are holding firm to their commitment to completing the current campaign. Here is the statement that was released after today’s three and a half hour meeting:

“At a meeting of Premier League Shareholders today, clubs discussed possible steps towards planning to resume the 2019/20 season, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

“It was reiterated that the thoughts of all are with those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Furthermore, the Premier League’s priority is the health and safety of players, coaches, managers, club staff, supporters, and the wider community.

“The League and clubs are considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with Government guidance, under expert medical advice and after consultation with players and managers. The League welcomed the creation of the Government medical working group for a return of elite sport, which met for the first time this morning.

“No decisions were taken at today’s Shareholders’ meeting, and clubs exchanged views on the information provided regarding Project Restart. It was agreed that the PFA, LMA, players, and managers are key to this process and will be further consulted.

“The clubs reconfirmed their commitment to finishing the 2019/20 season, maintaining integrity of the competition and welcomed the Government’s support.”


67 comments so far

  • jane

    May 1, 2020 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #1

    “There is also news that football could be played to empty stadiums until a coronavirus vaccine is created. That could be for another 12 months.

    Some officials are hoping that the fans can return to the stands by the end of this year. However, that will depend on what types of restrictions remain in place while there is no vaccine.”

    how they will stop people attending who haven’t had the vaccine?

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  • Our Toon

    May 1, 2020 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Dear me some people need to get a grip man, literally hanging onto every word that is reported…….especially the negative ones regarding collapse.

    Irish Rob, relax mate for the good of the blog if anything. I’m not sure where you got 31st March from, I was u for

    The process started on 9th April. It hasn’t been 4 weeks yet

    Ashley cant change the price as an agreement will have been signed for before going to PL, he’ll end up losing all his money in court battles so park that nonsense.

    PL wont stop the deal from going through, again the money it will cost them in legal fees aswell as paying out PIF, PCP etc and they’ll have to cover costs for everything its cost to get to this stage.

    I’ve said all along dont be surprised if this drags on for 2 further weeks. In other news saudi minister for people has said it’s a done deal.

    Saudi’s will not have got process this far down the line without some sort of knowledge that they would get the ok, dignity and respect are key in there culture and failure is not an option.

    Put the cans away and have some patience people

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  • jane

    May 1, 2020 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #3

    it’s day eleven from when i started counting.

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  • toon22

    May 1, 2020 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Congratulations Jane

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  • duncandisorderly

    May 1, 2020 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Watch out Jane – I got told I was being overly negative, suggesting that football might not be back to normal by September!

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  • geordietom

    May 1, 2020 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #6

    dont want to sound reptitive 😀

    i’m still confident about the takeover happening at our club , or

    i’m confident that the takeover of our club will happen , or

    i’m confident that we will have new owner’s at our club…

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 1, 2020 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #7

    You might have to show a vaccination card at the gate to be allowed in.

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  • TheTinman

    May 1, 2020 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #8

    I’m going AWOL until this thing is sorted either way. Enjoy bickering chaps 🙂

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  • DaveD1000

    May 1, 2020 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #9

    I’ve been able to count for donkey’s years

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  • lochinvar

    May 1, 2020 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #10

    As we won’t be able to attend our remaining home games then when and how will the clubs refund season ticket holders for money already paid ?

    Maybe via Sky who are clearly dictating the Agenda to protect their own position.

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 1, 2020 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #11

    This sale will be announced tomorrow.

    But don’t quote me on that.

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  • IrishRob

    May 1, 2020 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #12

    “This sale will be announced tomorrow.”

    Bill’s son is back, May 2020.

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  • Tonytoon73

    May 1, 2020 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Rotonda I’ve seen that but this is going on to long mate

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  • check the toastie

    May 1, 2020 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #14

    People need to stop stressing it’s pretty clear the takeover is definitely going ahead.
    Unless of course it doesn’t…

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  • Bills Son Is Back

    May 1, 2020 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #15

    IrishRob

    There’s always one 🙂

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  • JohnReese

    May 1, 2020 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #16

    If they do go ahead with games in some form or another. What happens when a player inevitably does come down with the virus? If they’re essentially being forced to play by their clubs and the league.

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  • jane

    May 1, 2020 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #17

    “What happens when a player inevitably does come down with the virus?”

    they can’t play until they are over the virus like they can’t play when they are injured.

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  • IrishRob

    May 1, 2020 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #18

    Here’s Michelle doing a podcast with another group of lads.

    https://youtu.be/d7cFLIohJX8

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  • IrishRob

    May 1, 2020 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #19

    Bills lol

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  • jane

    May 1, 2020 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #20

    maybe if a certain number of a team’s players have the virus the match can be postponed.

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  • The overrated Frenchman

    May 1, 2020 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #21

    The complication would be that if a player tests positive all his teammates would have to go into isolation as well I’d imagine

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  • Captain AmeriMag

    May 1, 2020 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #22

    I still think it will be an evening announcement to minimise St James’s gatherings.

    Today could still be the day!

    I’m getting on the #cans anyway better safe than sorry.

    TOON TOON!!

    #CANS

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  • WLtoon

    May 1, 2020 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #23

    When the exclusivity period runs out, which i think is 7th May, does that mean that Ashley can start talking to other potential buyers?
    I would think if the takeover is,nt completed by then the whole soap opera could become a free for all.

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  • Jib

    May 1, 2020 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Captain AmeriMag
    Hit the cans
    If it doesn’t happen call it a dummy run

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  • IrishRob

    May 1, 2020 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #25

    The league absolutely wont go ahead, there is no way on gods green earth. It just wont happen there is way way way too many things to get right it’s just not going to be as simple as saying it will start again.

    You could literally name 100 reasons why it wont happen, forcing players to play and isolate from their family, then if they get it they are at a disadvantage, if their best players get knocked out then teams are at a massive disadvantage. Testing them wont mean any guarantees either due to the latency period or incubation period.

    It’s all total drivel I bet even the big wigs dont seriously think it’s going to happen. There is only two likely solutions, use points per game to finish the league or void it.

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  • jane

    May 1, 2020 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #26

    “The league absolutely wont go ahead”

    in that case it won’t go ahead in September as the same reasons will still apply.

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  • big bob

    May 1, 2020 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Why would a player get infected if they can get infection rate low and players follow guidelines and get tested regular then the chances will be seveley reduced with regards to fans by the time next season starts with all new procedures in place then there is no reason why fans can’t return

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  • spb

    May 1, 2020 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #28

    I can’t see how it will be fair to play any of the remaining games

    1. What if a team like liverpool have players test positive I.e firmino, salah, mana. Suddenly they have to play games with a considerably weakened side.

    2. Same goes for teams in the relegation zone they to could lose vital players.

    3. What if players have wives and children who could be at high risk and they decided to not play under the proposed conditions and carry on isolating.

    4. If a player does test positive do all other players who may have been training with them have to isolate too.

    I could go on, they have cancelled F1, cricket, tennis etc. Etc, surely the safe option is to just void the season.

    Rant over

    #cans #kegs #barrels

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  • IrishRob

    May 1, 2020 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #29

    WL an exclusively period is another thing that hasn’t been confirmed to be actually true.

    It is far more likely there isnt a date in which it ends, and more likely that the exclusivity ends when the deal ends, I.e when it comes to a conclusion whatever that conclusion is, either good or bad.

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  • WLtoon

    May 1, 2020 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #30

    You could get half a team refusing to play due to fear of being infected, then you have a scenario of having to play a weakened team. That is bound to go down well

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  • IrishRob

    May 1, 2020 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #31

    Yes that’s very possible jane. But also come September you would imagine it will have settled down a little bit more and bigger risks can be made by then. But it’s very possible it wont start up in September imo.

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  • RobLeenio

    May 1, 2020 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #32

    John Reese, in that case the whole process is cancelled, everyone requires a test, including all the players’ families, all the officials, medics, coaches, administrators, bus drivers, caterers, hotel staff, shop keepers and all of their families too.

    By the time they’re symptomatic, all of their teammates will likely have already been exposed, plus the players from any teams they’ve played, so the whole thing will have to be scrapped.

    It’s inevitable that someone will come down with it, why risk it now? It’s bordering on criminal negligence.

    You and I both know what a nasty little thing this bug is, you more so than me. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

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  • ToonDownSouth

    May 1, 2020 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #33

    “if their best players get knocked out then teams are at a massive disadvantage”

    “What if a team like liverpool have players test positive I.e firmino, salah, mana. Suddenly they have to play games with a considerably weakened side.”

    You mean like when players get injured? :/

    Not saying the league is definitely going to restart, but Boris may well start opening up businesses again next week, at which point having 22 people kicking a ball around doesn’t really seem like much of a stretch.

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  • jane

    May 1, 2020 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #34

    “Why would a player get infected if they can get infection rate low”

    good point. maybe if R gets down to say 0.1 by September the risk will be low enough.

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  • WLtoon

    May 1, 2020 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #35

    IrishRob

    I think we have had this convo before and i gave you exactly the same answer as what you have given me now. I do think you are right, but, i was,nt sure.

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  • IrishRob

    May 1, 2020 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #36

    Some of them are 100% gonna refuse to play. Why on earth do you think Aguero came out today or yesterday and said half the players hes talking to are afraid to return back to playing matches.

    It was 100% an effort to try encouraging the PL not to go ahead with it.

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  • jane

    May 1, 2020 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #37

    maybe it could be a foul if you go within 2m of another player. (i’m not being serious)

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  • IrishRob

    May 1, 2020 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #38

    Have we seriously WL? I dont remember talking to u about an exclusively period I thought it was the payment thing about whether proce was agreed. If we have then I’m going cracked I dont remember. Lol

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  • IrishRob

    May 1, 2020 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Who knows Jane maybe…..

    (I’m not being serious either)

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  • big bob

    May 1, 2020 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #40

    It must be nice to be able to refuse to do your job I have been to work all the way through this epedemic and if I said no I wouldn’t get paid

    If players refuse to play will clubs refuse to pay them as clubs are quickly running out of money

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