Despite no solid progression of the Premier League’s ‘project restart’ thus far, the UK government has seemingly thrown a lifeline.
The news we have all been waiting for might just have emerged:
Premier League football could be back on our screens from June 1st 🙌😍
The government has confirmed that the restart would occur behind closed doors ⚽ pic.twitter.com/vFQuCz03PT
— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) May 11, 2020
Despite Sunday’s update regarding the UK’s continued lockdown receiving mixed reviews regarding its clarity, a potential return of football has at least elicited some positivity from the public.
Plans from the Prime Minister’s “roadmap” to ease the United Kingdom back into some level of normality were released on Monday in a 51-page document.
One extract from the document stated that “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind-closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact”, might well take place by the start of next month
With Premier League sides meeting again over the coming days, surely plans to finish a season suspended since March will ‘firm up’ following this recent government backing.
The possibility of playing out remaining fixtures at neutral venues remains very much on the cards, though disputes continue regarding the fate of sides facing potential relegation. The likes of West Ham and Brighton have been at the forefront of claims that losing their home ‘edge’ would be disadvantageous to their survival.
Brighton, West Ham raise doubts about neutral venues for Premier League pic.twitter.com/aqGZMbxCVB
— J.s (@Js87958738) May 3, 2020
With a reported majority of 14 Premier League clubs required to vote in favour of ‘project restart’ for its plans to proceed, hopefully these recent developments will accelerate what would be a welcome return of football.