The return of English football and other sports would “lift the spirits of the nation” amid the coronavirus pandemic, U.K. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Wednesday as talks to restart the season progressed.
But with the public still being ordered to social distance and stay at home, what would such a return look like, and is it possible?
Project Restart — the Premier League’s plan to resume the season — would see matches begin in June, potentially on June 12. Raab also said that the government has been working on a plan to get sports played behind closed doors in the second phase of lockdown, meaning that fans would not be able to attend games. The possibility of next season being played without fans has also been raised. The loss of match day revenue would hurt the big clubs but could be terminal for teams lower down football’s pyramid.
All 20 Premier League clubs have agreed to finish the current season — ensuring they pocket bumper TV revenues from broadcasting deals — when “safe and appropriate” to do so, but it remains a question of when and how.
Testing and training
A number of clubs,