Coronavirus: Remaining 2019/20 Premier League games to be played at 'neutral venues'

The Premier League could return in early June

Premier League clubs will not be playing games at their home grounds when competitive action returns.

The division’s 20 ‘shareholder’ clubs took part in a conference call today to discuss the implications of the coronavirus pandemic on football in the UK.

All clubs are in favour of finishing the 2019/20 season, but there will be significant changes if the government allow games to operate behind-closed-doors.

As revealed by Sam Wallace for the Telegraph, no team will be playing home games and fixtures will instead take place at eight to ten ‘neutral venues’.

Manchester City, Arsenal and West Ham’s grounds are being touted as potential host venues as they’re not situated in congested urban areas.

The Sun report that a proposed date for the return of the Premier League is June 12, providing that the government approve the restart plans.

There is also hope that teams can return to some form of training on May 18.

A statement from the Premier League today reads: “At a meeting of Premier League Shareholders today, clubs discussed possible steps towards planning to resume the 2019/20 season, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

“It was reiterated that the thoughts of all are with those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“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.

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

Clubs will meet again next Friday after the government update their lockdown policy on the Thursday.

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