Premier League confirms return date
The Premier League looks almost certain to return in the coming weeks.
Today the Premier League shareholders agreed to provisionally resume the league of the 17th of June.
However this will only happen when all safety requirements are in place.
Matches will take place behind close doors as the coronavirus pandemic continues.
There was also an agreement by the shareholders that 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.
Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal, postponed due to the EFL Cup final, will now take place on 17 June, followed by a full match round beginning on Friday 19 June.
The Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters confirmed the date that was agreed upon.
"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.
Scheduled kick-off times
Weekend matches will be scheduled as follows (all times BST):
Saturday 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 and 20:00
Sunday 12:00, 14:00, 16:30 and 19:00
Midweek matches will be scheduled as follows (all times BST):
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 18:00 and 20:00