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01st May 2020

The Premier League has issued a statement regarding the resumption of the season

James Fenton

The Premier League has issued a statement after ‘clubs reconfirmed their commitment to finishing the 2019/20 season’ at a meeting today.

A meeting of Premier League shareholders was held today, during which ‘clubs discussed possible steps towards planning to resume the 2019/20 season, when it is safe and appropriate to do so,’ according to an official statement issued this afternoon.

The statement goes on to say: ‘It was reiterated that the thoughts of all are with those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

‘Furthermore, the Premier League’s priority is the health and safety of players, coaches, managers, club staff, supporters and the wider community.

‘The League and clubs are considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with Government guidance, under expert medical advice and after consultation with players and managers.

‘The League welcomed the creation of the Government medical working group for a return of elite sport, which met for the first time this morning.

‘No decisions were taken at today’s Shareholders’ meeting and clubs exchanged views on the information provided regarding “Project Restart”.

‘It was agreed that the PFA, LMA, players and managers are key to this process and will be further consulted.

‘The clubs reconfirmed their commitment to finishing the 2019/20 season, maintaining integrity of the competition and welcomed the Government’s support.’

Earlier this week, it was confirmed that Ligue 1 in France will be cancelled with leaders Paris Saint Germain declared champions. Liverpool currently lead the Premier League by 25 points with nine games to play.