According to a report from Sky Sports, the UK Government has revealed that top-level sporting action in the country could kickstart behind closed doors starting from June 1.
The Mirror reported that this week was going to be crucial in determining the feasibility of ‘Project Restart’, with clubs set to meet today to settle differences over playing at neutral venues.
Clubs were set to vote on Project Restart next Monday, but only if they received a green light from the UK Government.
While the Premier League initially had high-hopes about resuming the competition, their aims were reportedly dashed when Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to mention anything about live sport in his address to the nation on Sunday (Guardian).
However, Sky Sports have now revealed that the resumption of live sport is earmarked for the start of next month in the government’s road map for exiting the lockdown, which was released today.
Step two of the roadmap, which is scheduled to begin on June 1, includes plans to restart cultural and sporting events behind closed doors for broadcast. It has not been made clear as to when spectators will be allowed back into the stadiums.
It is also revealed that the plan can only be implemented if sufficient progress is made in limiting the spread of the virus between now and June 1.
Spurs Web Opinion
I cannot see the league resuming as soon as June 1st unless there is a massive reduction in cases, which I doubt is possible if the lockdown measures are relaxed. In all probability, we will see the date being pushed back. Even if the government gives the green light, clubs have to agree to play being closed doors, which seems far from likely at the moment.
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