Report: Premier League given return date as FA plans to play behind closed doors

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Dom Le Roy

The FA, Premier League and English Football League are all ‘planning to finish the 2019/20 season behind closed doors’, according to a report from Football London.

These games would be played across four-to-six weeks starting in July 2020, with all emphasis being on finishing the season.

It is said that the governing bodies want to avoid both the ramifications of unfinished competitions and the immense loss in revenue for the clubs involved.

The current English footballing calendar is suspended until April 30 at the very earliest, while teams are also not currently allowed to train as a group due to the strict lockdown.

Football London add that clubs will be hoping for relaxed conditions after April 13, allowing them to return to training. However, they do claim that further postponements beyond April 30 are likely due to player safety and insurance issues.

The publication claim that multiple London clubs have told them that they have yet to receive a proposal from the governing bodies on how the season will be finished.

A conference call this weekend was expected to result in a plan to play games behind closed doors in January.

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