Tottenham release statement after meeting with Premier League on season restart

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Tottenham Hotspur were part of a meeting with Premier League shareholders and other top-flight clubs today, to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and a potential season restart.

The Premier League season is currently suspended, as the UK was plunged into a strict lockdown last month, limiting players to their own homes.

Spurs have now revealed that it was acknowledged in the meeting that football would not be returning at the beginning of May.

They also add that the season would not restart at all until it is deemed safe and appropriate to do so, with any restart date being constantly under review as the coronavirus pandemic develops.

The aim is still to play out every single remaining game this season in order to maintain the integrity of the competitions. However, such a plan would have to be fully supported by both the government and medical guidance.

Spurs also confirmed their part in the decision to discuss 30% player wage cuts, as well as a vote to hand the NHS £20m and the EFL and National Leagues another £125m.

Part of the statement read: ‘At a meeting of Premier League Shareholders today, clubs discussed in detail how to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic. First and foremost, it was reaffirmed that the overriding priority is to aid the health and wellbeing of the nation and our communities, including players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters.

‘It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May – and that the 2019/20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so. The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time.

‘The Premier League is working closely with the whole of professional football in this country, as well as with the Government, public agencies and other relevant stakeholders to ensure the game achieves a collaborative solution. With this, there is a combined objective for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played, enabling us to maintain the integrity of each competition. However, any return to play will only be with the full support of Government and when medical guidance allows.’

For the full statement, click HERE.

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