Premier League shareholders meeting draws no conclusion on Project Restart

Date published: Friday 1st May 2020 4:28 - Samuel Bannister

Premier League football

A meeting of Premier League shareholders on Friday did not lead to a conclusion on how and when the season will restart, although clubs remain committed to doing so.

There has been no Premier League action since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Liverpool 25 points clear at the top of the table before action was halted.

The date for resumption has since been pushed back, and there is currently no return week clarified – although the Premier League remain in talks over Project Restart.

Further talks took place on Friday involving Premier League clubs, in which the determination for the season to be completed – unlike in Ligue 1 in France, for example – was reiterated.

A Premier League statement read: “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.

“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.

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



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