PREMIER LEAGUE chefs pledge to finish season by the end of July
But they have also been urged by the government to screen the remaining 92 games – some of which are FREE.
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In what could become a major hostage to fortune, Prem bosses backed the July 31 deadline in cross talks involving the Uefa, major European leagues and major clubs.
The deal will allow pending Champions League and Europa League matches in August.
One day of coronavirus development, Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden revealed that he urged Prem chiefs to allow free viewing of live games after the closure is complete.
And EFL clubs have demanded three up and three down between the Championship and the elite, even if the season doesn’t end.
We remain confident that the leagues will be able to complete. Most countries will be able to do this, although it will have to be fanless matches.
Lars Christer Olsson, Head of the European Leagues
The agreement rejected by the president of the Uefa, Aleksander Ceferin, the clubs and the coordination group of the European leagues puts pressure on all the nations so that they restart football by mid-June.
European leagues chief Lars Christer Olsson, a close ally of Premier League general manager Richard Masters, confirmed: “The ambition was to finish the national leagues at the end of July, so we can try to play the final phase European competitions in August.
“UEFA will have to have some flexibility.
“But we remain confident that the leagues will be able to finish. Most countries will be able to do this, although it will have to be fanless matches. “
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The 20 Prem clubs will hold another virtual meeting on May 1.
Club leaders want to start training in the middle of next month and start again on June 8, although there are other models planning a later return.
The German clubs will meet today in the hope of agreeing to a takeover early next month, although this has been called into question by his health-conscious interior ministry.
Although Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has banned all games until September, France’s two main divisions have been asked to prepare to restart on June 17, ending the season on July 25.
Premier League leaders have been pressured to end their opposition to the selection of all remaining matches in a response to the Secretary of Culture’s House of Commons.
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They will be desperate to no longer jeopardize the lucrative contracts with Sky Sports and BT Sport.
But Dowden told MPs, “I said to the Premier League, I don’t think it would send the best signal if they were one of the first major sports to resume in camera and the public didn’t would not have access to it.
“I appreciate that sports depend on the income they earn.
“I don’t want to be able to issue a blanket warrant, but I think they should be aware of it. “
Championship clubs are determined to uphold the legal agreement between the EFL and the Premier League that promotion and relegation take place.
There is said to be a blocking minority against any attempt to promote Leeds and West Brom and create the theft of 22 clubs.
The promotion could even be settled by play-offs with the table used to decide who will participate.