All 20 Premier League clubs remain committed to completing the season, according to its chief executive Richard Masters, although a “curtailment” of the season was discussed for the first time.
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Clubs were also told they may have to repay a reported £340m to broadcasters – even if the season resumes behind closed doors.
“It’s the first time we’ve discussed curtailment,” Masters said. “It’s still our aim to finish the season obviously, but it’s important to discuss all of the options with our clubs.”
A number of Premier League clubs are already back at their training grounds; including Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham.
Premier League return
Clubs are hoping to return to action on Friday, June 12, as they embark on playing 92 games across a seven-week period ending by July 27.
With all games set to be played behind closed doors, football bosses want fans to have access to every game.
As such, no two matches will be played simultaneously in what has been dubbed a ‘World Cup-style’ event.
The Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said the return of the Premier League “would lift the spirits of the nation” and confirmed that a behind-closed-doors return is under “active consideration” by the government.
Here’s a timetable of when the next discussions will take place:
Wednesday, May 13: Professional Footballers’ Association/League Managers’ Association consult members on medical protocols
Thursday, May 14: Meetings between Premier League and PFA/LMA about medical protocols
Thursday, May 14: Meeting between Culture Secretary and football authorities
Monday, May 18: Next Premier League meeting
Monday, May 18: Premier League players may return to initial group training under socially distancing protocols
May 25: UEFA deadline for leagues to have finalised plan for restarting seasons
June 1: Government date for possible return of elite sport behind closed doors in England
June 12: Premier League aiming to return with first fixture