Manchester City, United, Chelsea and Wolves could start Premier League season later than other clubs due to their involvement in European competitions
- Manchester City could start the league season 10 days later than many other clubs
- Clubs still involved in European competition could benefit from a grace period
- Clubs will only play a domestic match 30 days after European involvement
- Chelsea, Manchester United and Wolves are also still involved in Europe
Manchester City could start the Premier League season at least 10 days behind many of their rivals if they reach the Champions League final this season.
Sportsmail understands that clubs still involved in European competitions – City and Chelsea in the Champions League, and Manchester United and Wolves in the Europa League – could be granted a grace period, meaning they would only play their first game. national until 30 days after their final. European match this season.
The issue was reportedly raised during Friday’s Premier League shareholders conference call, where it was decided that the 2020-21 campaign would start on September 12 and end on May 23.
Manchester City could start Premier League season ten days later than many other clubs
Chelsea could start new league season later if they progress to Champions League
This season’s Champions League final is set for August 23, meaning City will not return to the Premier League until September 22 under proposals under consideration if they reach the centerpiece of this season.
With the Europa League final scheduled for August 21, United and Wolves also won’t start the Premier League again until September 20.
Manchester United and Wolves could start the season later as they are in the Europa League
Wolves have been playing since July 25 and Nuno Espirito Santo’s men could be back in European action on September 17 if they end up in the Europa League qualifying rounds again.
Meanwhile, the decision to continue allowing five substitutes per game has been pushed back until next month amid opposition from clubs. It will be voted on at next month’s meeting after the Championship play-off final to include all three promoted teams.