Premier League to restart season on June 17

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LONDON: The Premier League season, which was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to begin from June 17, according to a media report.

No matches have been played since Leicester’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9, with Liverpool just two wins away from securing the title.

Top-flight clubs voted unanimously on Wednesday to return to contact training and were meeting again yesterday to discuss issues such as the restart date and the rebate to broadcasters.

The media reported that the first two matches would be Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal. Those matches are the two games in hand.

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.

Germany’s Bundesliga resumed earlier this month and La Liga in Spain hopes to return from June 11, while a crucial summit between Italian football officials and the country’s sports minister.

Liverpool were 25 points clear of 2019 champions Manchester City when the Premier league was shut down, on the verge of being crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years. Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City are in the relegation places. —Agencies

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