Premier League statement and supporter update
The Premier League has issued the following statement...
Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday 17 June, provided that all safety requirements are in place.
Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal – postponed due to the Carabao Cup Final – will now take place on 17 June, followed by a full match round beginning on Friday 19 June. Due to COVID-19, games will take place behind closed doors.
Premier League Shareholders also approved a proposal that would see all 92 remaining matches broadcast live in the UK by the League’s existing broadcast partners: Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “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.
‘’Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.
“The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.
“We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season.”
The planned kick-off times in the UK for live matches will also differ from the traditional times.
West Ham United have also issued the following statement...
Now a proposed date for the restart of the 2019/20 Premier League season has been provisionally agreed and it’s been confirmed that, due to COVID-19, these games will take place without supporters present, the Club will again directly contact fans by email over the coming days with information regarding the credits and refunds process for Season Ticket Holders, Club London Members and match tickets respectively.
We would also like to reiterate to our supporters that they remain firmly at the heart of everything we do and the Club will do everything possible to ensure our players still feel their loyal and passionate support as we look to complete the 2019/20 season and climb the table.