İrem UZUN -TDO- After a 100-day shutdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Premier League is planning to return on June 17. The league's official broadcasters in Britain - Sky Sports and the BBC - said Thursday that English football will return with a doubleheader featuring Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United.
Clubs agreed the date at a shareholders’ meeting on Thursday, although it remains provisional: the league must wait for, and then implement, government guidance on staging matches safely behind closed doors before any plans can be completed. It must also hope players and staff - and perhaps the public at large - hold coronavirus at bay.
There are 92 matches still to play, and the first to take place will be those the four teams involved have in hand. All matches will take place behind closed doors and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport or Amazon Prime.
Richard Masters, the Premier League chief executive, said: “Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June. But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.