Former Everton and Wigan boss Roberto Martinez supports a potential return for the Premier League next month.
The Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ proposal aims to resume the 2019/20 season on June 12 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The deadly disease, which has killed more than 280,000 people worldwide, has suspended top-flight football in the UK since March 13.
On Monday, the government announced sport can resume behind closed doors from June 1 at the earliest.
Martinez, who now manages the Belgium national team, believes a ‘calculated risk’ is worth taking to bring Premier League football back.
He told Drive on talkSPORT: “You need to understand the circumstances of not finishing the season could be drastic for many institutions.
“So you need to find a solution. We all need to bring a bit of common sense and understand until we get a vaccine, we won’t get a normality.
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“So from that point of view, we need to get sport back, we need to get football back, we need to get that little bit of light, that little bit of stimulation for the whole of humanity that we can beat this virus.
“I think getting football back and getting the Premier League back will be essential for that within the minimal risk and trying to be as safe as we can.
“But we all carry that threat. If you go to the pharmacy, if you need to do an essential, you will take the risk of catching the virus.
“I think doing sport, we need a responsibility, we need to bring a little bit of a smile to people’s faces and being able to see that we’re getting very, very close to getting out of this situation.
“Again, it shows you the frontline people that have been working in hospitals, care homes are doing an incredible job for the nation.
“Well, I think as a sportsman, and I speak for myself, we all need a responsibility to try to put ourselves in a position that we need to take a calculated risk to move the nation forward and I think that sport is a big part of our lives.”
Top-flight divisions in the Netherlands, France and Belgium have ended prematurely due to coronavirus.
The Eredivisie was declared null and void, while Paris Saint-Germain and Club Brugge were crowned champions of Ligue 1 and the Jupiler Pro League, respectively.
Martinez admits it would have been ‘impossible’ to complete the season in Belgium.
He said: “I think you need to understand every country has its own ingredients in terms of finding the right solution.
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“In Belgium the format is very different, you’ve got 30 games in the season and then you go into the play-offs.
“The decision was very clear not to go into the play-offs because it would have been impossible to finish. It was quite a fair way of giving the championship to the team that was top of the league.
“From that, the TV rights wouldn’t punish the clubs too much by not playing the last 11 games of the season.”