EPL Considers Plan To Resume Games From June 1 & Finishes In 6 weeks (Telegraph)

The Premier League is tentatively
scheduling a plan which involves games starting from June 1, which would
allow them to finish the season within the space of six weeks and begin
the 2020-2021 campaign on August 8, according to Telegraph.

EPL Considers Plan To Resume Games From June 1 & Finishes In 6 weeks (Telegraph) 1

The
June 1 start date, in ten weeks’ time, remains a target rather than
anything approaching a certainty but with the postponement of the
European championships by Uefa this week this is one of the best-case
scenarios being considered by the Premier League and the Football
League. The games would be behind closed doors, which is by now a
universally accepted proviso, and would need the government to sanction
the presence of emergency crews within the ground.

Those
resources are currently in short supply amid the coronavirus pandemic
that has seen an unprecedented shutdown of pubs, cafes, restaurants and
public spaces, and no professional football played in the United Kingdom
since April 13. The Premier League, EFL and Football Association agreed
on Thursday that there would be no games played until April 30 at the
earliest but all governing bodies pledged to complete the 2019-2020
season.

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Under
the June 1 plan there would be a six-week window to get the season
finished up to around July 11, including the FA Cup, which would be
challenging but possible and would satisfy the requirements of
broadcasters, including the key partners Sky Sports and BT Sport. Just
as important, it would allow next season to begin on time, the second
season in the current three-year £9.2 billion deal with domestic and
international broadcasters.

If the season could be completed
within a six-week timeframe then it would allow a further four weeks of
preparation and rest to get the players ready for another season.
Although finishing this current campaign is the priority there is also
the necessity of beginning the new season, vital to fulfil the broadcast
contracts. There is the issue of some players being out of contract
after June 30 although that is not viewed as insurmountable by the clubs
with governing body Fifa, who regulate registrations and transfers,
promising to intervene.

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The
Southampton chief executive Martin Semmens confirmed on Saturday that
such an arrangement was possible. He told BBC Radio Solent: “We hope to
get the league done by the end of June and that would be easier for
everybody. As soon as you go past that date there are then those legal
challenges and issues that we have to fulfil.

“But if we end
up playing until July 15 and you had to extend a player’s contract by
two weeks, I don’t believe that will be a substantial challenge to try
and convince a player to play two more weeks’ football. I just don’t
think – when you look at all the challenges the country is facing right
now – to get paid very nicely to do it before he moves to a new club

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.”

He added: “The challenge is making
sure we don’t have a knock-on effect into other seasons and make
football compromised as the years go on.”