Report: Premier League in advanced talks to return in June


Men walk by a closed ticket office at the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City were due to play Burnley in an Premier League match, in Manchester, England, Saturday March 14, 2020. (Jon Super/AP)

The English Premier League is in advanced talks with the British government to return to the pitch in June but without fans in the stands, according to The Mirror‘s David Maddock.

Maddock reports a tentative agreement was reached Friday after teams co-ordinated a plan with senior officials on a resumption of games.

The agreement is based on health officials’ hope that COVID-19 will peak in the United Kingdom over the next few weeks.

The league announced earlier this week that it won’t resume the 2019-20 season until “when it’s safe and appropriate to do so.”

In addition to the absence of fans, league officials also reportedly discussed other extensive measures to keep the players in a safe environment and limit their contact with the wider public.

Clubs were also informed Friday to begin preparing for a potential June return and some form of training camp.

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