UEFA proposal leaves door open for resumption of Premier League season in June


UEFA is considering a plan to hold the final stages of European competition in August – paving the way for the Premier League to end its current season.

The upper flight has been suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus outbreak, with clubs pledging to resume the campaign once it is known.

Liverpool have a 25-point lead at the top and only need to win two of their nine remaining games to lift the title for the first time since 1990.

Everton, meanwhile, is in 12th place but is only six points behind European qualification.

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As Belgium declares its season over, other national leagues across Europe are determined to finish their campaigns.

And a report in the Spanish media Cadena Sur said that UEFA, as well as the Association of European Clubs, had drawn up a provisional timetable to ensure that this season could be played to the end.

History suggests that the final stages of the Champions League and the Europa League will be played for two weeks in early August, with each draw being played as a single match in a neutral location behind closed doors.

Players would then have a few weeks off before the 2020/21 campaign begins in September.

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The plan would therefore allow the national leagues until the end of July to complete their meetings. The Bundesliga teams in Germany are already back in training while the Liga teams in Spain are expected to return on Tuesday.

It emerged on Monday that the Premier League offers different ways to play its 92 exceptional matches, which they say should be completed within five weeks.

The FA has offered to use Wembley Stadium and St George’s Park as neutral locations to help end the Premier League season, which is expected to be fanless. Any resumption will depend on the lifting of the foreclosure restrictions by the government.

UEFA, which recognizes that the priority remains the health and safety of supporters and footballers, will discuss their options at its next meeting scheduled for 23 April.


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