Premier League to resume ‘in weeks’ with games broadcast on free-to-air TV

Premier League to resume ‘in weeks’ with games broadcast on free-to-air TV

Football supporters could be set to be handed a massive boost while in lockdown with the news that England’s elite division may be set to return

There has been debate ever since football was suspended as a result of the coronavirus crisis over how the current campaign will be concluded, with all teams thought to be desperate to finish the season no matter what it takes.

With the country still in lockdown, it appears it will be some time before football as we know it will be able to come back, and it is unlikely supporters will be allowed in stadiums before next year.

But according to The Sun the prime minister Boris Johnson has been discussing plans for games to go ahead without fans in the near future.

In order to do so certain criteria will have to be met, and there will have to be a set of draconian measures put in place to ensure social-distancing is maintained between those involved in order to keep them safe.

It is also thought games could be streamed on terrestrial channels, with the government worried the return of football could see friends gather at each others’ houses if they do not have access to Sky Sports or BT Sport.

The news comes after the Bundesliga announced they were prepared to resume their season again by May 9.

Not all European countries have followed suit, however, with Netherlands and Belgium among the nations who have decided to cancel their campaigns.

The news of the league potentially returning will come as a massive boost to Liverpool fans, who were worried they could miss out on winning their first top-flight title since 1990 if the season were to be nulled and voided.

It would also come as a relief to some clubs who are in danger of facing financial difficulties without football.

Earlier this week culture secretary Oliver Dowden said: “I think the financial reality for most clubs is their biggest source of income is the direct transfers they get from the Premier League.

“So if we got that running in some way behind closed doors then that would relieve the pressure on all other clubs.”


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