The Premier League is set to return on 17 June with two fixtures according to a report published by the BBC.
Premier League restart set for 17 June
On 17 June, the report suggests that Aston Villa’s match against Sheffield United and Manchester City’s fixture against Arsenal are slated to kick-off the restarted season.
The following weekend (19 – 21 June) will then see a full round of matches, but clubs still have to approve the planned restart.
Clubs are set to return to contact training this week if they have met the necessary risk assessments.
The Premier League was suspended on 13 March because of the pandemic with many critical of the delay in shutting down sports events across Europe.
England’s top flight is a popular tv product in South Africa and across the globe and many are eagerly awaiting the return of the Premier League. There are concerns that the league is rushing back out of greed and putting the players and their families at risk.
No Premier League matches have been played since Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on 9 March. If the plan gets the greenlight the season will restart 100 days after the last action before the pandemic bit.
The reluctant cop abuse
Watford captain Troy Deeney revealed that he has copped a lot of abuse with some even saying they want his baby son to contract coronavirus after he chose not to return to training at the Premier League club.
Deeney said the abuse had not been limited to social media with some even coming up to him on the street to voice their opinion.
“I saw some comments in regards to my son, people saying: ‘I hope your son gets corona’,” Deeney told CNN Sport.
“That’s the hard part for me. If you respond to that, people then go: ‘Ah, we’ve got him’ and they keep doing it.”
“In a time where it’s all about mental health and everyone says ‘speak up, speak out, please speak’, (Newcastle’s) Danny Rose spoke out… and I spoke out, and we just get absolutely hammered and battered for it.
“So people see that and go ‘Woah’, and it’s not just us that gets it, the missus gets direct messages, and you’ll be walking down the street and people will be like: ‘Oh, I’m at work, you go back to work’.”
It is understood that Deeney will return to training next week.
Liverpool are runaway leaders of the Premier League and almost nailed on to win their first top-flight title in 30 years.There are 92 matches left in the 2019/20 Premier League season.