With restrictions on the broadcasting of Saturday 3pm games lifted, the league said all 92 remaining matches will be broadcast live in the UK by its existing broadcast partners: Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport, and Amazon Prime.
“Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June. But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority,” said Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters.
All the 20 Premier League clubs voted unanimously on Wednesday to return to contact training and the officials again met to discuss issues such as the restart date and the rebate to broadcasters on Thursday.
The league’s official broadcasters in Britain, Sky Sports, and the BBC, said that English football will return with a doubleheader featuring Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United.
The first two matches would be Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal. A full fixture list would then be played on the weekend of June 19-21.
So far, 12 people have tested positive for coronavirus after 2,752 tests across the Premier League.
Ever since Leicester City’s 4-0 win against Aston Villa on March 9, no matches have been played in the top-flight of English football. The league was officially suspended on March 13.
Liverpool, searching for their first league title in 30 years, lead the standings by 25 points. Bournemouth, Aston Villa, and Norwich City are in the relegation places.
FA Cup final to be held on August 1
The FA Cup final will be held on August 1, the Football Association announced on Friday, after the Premier League said on Thursday that its season will restart on June 17.
The quarter-finals of the FA Cup will be held over the weekend of June 27-28, with the semi-finals earmarked for the weekend of July 11-12.
FA Chief Executive Mark Bullingham emphasised the provisional nature of the proposed dates, adding that “the health and wellbeing of players, staff and supporters remains our priority”.
The schedule for the Emirates FA Cup quarter-finals (originally drawn on 4 March): Leicester City vs Chelsea; Newcastle United vs Manchester City; Sheffield United vs Arsenal; Norwich City vs Manchester United.
(with Reuters inputs)
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