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Premier League to resume behind closed doors in July

The Premier League is planning to finish the 2019/20 campaign behind closed doors over a period of four to six weeks starting in July.

All football has been postponed until April 30th at the very earliest due to the spread of Covid-19.

But earlier this month an agreement was outlined for the Premier League campaign to be “extended indefinitely”, with play to resume when it is safe to do so.

Football.london have reported that a conference call took place between the Premier League, Football Association and English Football League today.

It is claimed that a plan was reached to resume the season in July, with games played behind closed doors over a period of four to six weeks unless the situation worsens in the UK.

Allowances will be made to try and help clubs and players cope following the delay and soften the impact on the 2020/21 campaign.

It is reported that possible measures could include “cancelling cup replays, or even potentially scrapping the League Cup and EFL Trophy.”

All emphasis currently is on finishing the season and therefore avoiding the potential issues of an unfinished competition, including hundreds of millions of pounds in lost revenue for clubs.

With the current lockdown period set to end on April 13, clubs will be hoping that the conditions can be relaxed with players able to return to training.

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