The entire 2020/21 Premier League season could take place behind closed doors with clubs already preparing for that possibility, reports claim.
Earlier this week the UK Government released their road map for leaving lockdown and announced sport may resume in June as long as no spectators are present.
The latest reports suggest the top-flight will resume on June 19 with ‘Project Restart’ being discussed by clubs, and it is fully expected that the remainder of the 2019/20 season will be played in empty stadiums.
However, according to The Mirror, matches for the entire 2020/21 season will also be played behind closed doors – likely until a vaccine for coronavirus is found.
England’s Chief Medical Officer, Chris Whitty, warned last month that finding a vaccine within a calendar year is unlikely, and now there are fears the entire Premier League season will have to remain behind closed doors because of this.
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Clubs are said to be worried by this possibility given they will miss out on matchday income for an entire year, while broadcast revenue could also be affected with TV companies said to be considering asking for a rebate from the Premier League if matches are played behind closed doors because they will not be as exciting.
The June 19 resumption date is a recent development from the latest Premier League meeting on Wednesday, following initial plans to bring back top-flight football on June 12.
June 19 is more than one month away and starting on this date allays fears from managers and players that there would no time to train properly if the season resumed one week earlier.
When will the Premier League season resume? What we know about the 2019/20 campaign as ‘Project Restart’ now works towards June 19 start date