Report: Why the Premier League is unlikely to resume in June

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Dom Le Roy

The Premier League’s hopes of pushing ahead with project restart may have received a blow as Prime Minister Boris Johnson failed to mention anything about the resumption of live sport in his address to the nation on Sunday.

The Sun reported late last month that Premier League action could be back in a matter of weeks after the UK government decided that resuming live sport was key to boosting the morale of the nation which has been impacted by the strict lockdown measures.

It was believed that this week could be crucial in determining the feasibility of ‘Project Restart’, with the clubs set to meet today to settle differences over playing at neutral venues and when training can be resumed (Mirror).

The Government was set to meet with the Premier League on Thursday to discuss the feasibility of Project Restart before all twenty clubs could vote on it next Monday.

However, to football fans’ disappointment, the Prime Minister did not address the prospect of resuming live sport in his address to the nation.

The Guardian reveals that the only reference Johnson made about sport was while talking about playing outside with “members of your own household”.  

Football.London claim that it is unlikely that the Premier League campaign will resume in June with certain measures remaining in place along with the requirement of a 14-day quarantine for anyone arriving in the UK from any country apart from the Republic of Ireland in response to the coronavirus pandemic which will impact players who are currently back in their home country.

While the Premier League reportedly had high hopes about getting the green light from the Government a week ago, they are now said to be much less optimistic after the Prime Minister’s address.

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While it is all well to say that we will have to pay close attention to the Bundesliga to see whether they run into any problems, the fact remains that the virus has been much better contained in Germany than in the United Kingdom. I still don’t think it is realistic to complete the season and I don’t expect the Government to give the green light to resume live sport in the UK as there are simply too many risks involved.

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