Premier League in talks with the government over a return in June

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Can you remember the last Premier League match to be played?

You’ll probably need reminding that it was Leicester’s 4-0 victory over Aston Villa on Monday 9 March.

It’s been almost a month since we last saw some top-flight football in England and it will be many more months until we see the next match.

But will the next match be the resumption of the 2019/20 season or the start of the 2020/21 campaign?

Well, according to the latest report from the Mirror, the Premier League plans to restart the current campaign as early as June. In fact, they’re in advanced talks with the government about it right now.

The report claims there is a tentative agreement between the Premier League and the government that football can return behind closed doors at the start of June.

Government health officials are hopeful of a coronavirus peak in the UK in the next few weeks so, by June, things will be in a far better situation than they’re currently in.

It would see games played under strictly-controlled conditions and extensive measures would be in place to keep the players in a sterile environment.

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In a bid to prevent fans from gathering outside stadiums, there have been talks with TV companies to increase the number of games shown.

Sky Sports and BT Sport obviously already have their rights but there’s a chance additional matches can be screened on terrestrial TV.

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Clubs were told at the Premier League meeting on Friday to start preparing for a possible June return, with players expected to ramp up training in May.

Of course, all of this depends on the coronavirus crisis but if health officials are correct in their prediction, Premier League football in June is a “very real prospect.”

Just two more months to wait to be able to watch the greatest league in the world again? We’ll take that…

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