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UK government give conditional green light for Premier League to resume

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Step 2 of the government’s 5-step plan

A Premier League Match Ball with a Protective Face Mask Photo by Visionhaus

Last night’s address by the Prime Minister did not give the clearest directions, especially regarding professional sports, but the full text of the UK government’s “plan to rebuild” reveals that “sporting events” will be allowed to take place “behind closed-doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large-scale social contact” in Step 2 of the 5-step plan.

Step 2 can begin no earlier than June 1, and will be largely dependent on the progress made in fighting the pandemic and the country’s “test and trace” capabilities.

If the conditions are satisfied, the Premier League should be allowed to return — assuming of course that the league can find a workable solution before then. And that may not be a given, considering that teams in the bottom of the table are fighting tooth and nail for the scrapping of relegation, which would make the games themselves entirely meaningless in the first place.