July 6, 2020

Coronavirus: Premier League ‘as confident as we can be’ about June return

The Premier League is “as confident as we can be” about restarting in June, says chief executive Richard Masters.

Players resumed training on Tuesday, the day it was announced there had been six positive tests for coronavirus across three clubs.

The Premier League, suspended on 13 March, had previously identified 12 June as a possible restart date.

“There is some momentum. We’ve taken the first step,” Masters told BBC Sport.

“It’s great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground.”

Asked what date the Premier League was targeting for a return, Masters said it must be “flexible” and could learn from the resumption of the Bundesliga last weekend.

He also recognised the need for “contingency plans” and said “curtailment is still a possibility”, meaning the season would be ended, but there was “optimism” fans could attend matches next season.

Masters also admitted the idea of scrapping relegation “would come up for discussion” and was “a significant topic”.

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