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Premier League release statement

Premier League clubs held a conference call today (Friday) to discuss plans for completing the remaining 92 fixtures of the season.

UEFA have demanded the Premier League communicate their plans for the remainder of the season by May 25th, with the European football governing body “ideally” wanting all leagues to finish naturally. Ligue 1 and Eredivisie have both been cancelled with Paris Saint-Germain crowned champions of the division.

Their statement reads:   “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”.

“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.”

Claret and Hugh say:

The latest statement kicks the can down the road a little further without saying very much.  Public relations experts have carefully worded the statement so readers are in no doubt that the health and safety of players and staff is the most important factor while those more cynical may believe otherwise.  Leaks from the meeting suggest the Premier League plan to restart the remaining fixtures on 8th June behind closed doors and at neutral grounds.  The London Stadium has been mooted as one possible venue although Premier League officials want to keep exact venues for each match top-secret for fear of supporters turning up on mass outside the venue in protest at being shut out.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

3 comments on “Premier League release statement

  1. Disappointed and Disgusted with the PL for not making a decision to call the season ; void .
    Another almost 800 have died overnight and the grand total is almost 28000 .
    It beggars Belief that they are still trying to restart the season . I can’t for the life of Me understand why they haven’t followed the example set by Holland & France . But I suppose Money is valued higher than Human Life .

  2. How many of the PL managers, coaching & back room staff are aged over or around 50?
    Anyone of this age group are at a high risk of serious complications if they contract the virus.
    With this and all the other associated risks surely it’s time to knock this season on the head and start planing for a safe as possible start to next season? Even if it means the first few games behind locked doors.
    By August there possibly will be a clearer picture of what the path to normality looks like?

  3. Just cancel the league and the season should be null and void. Don’t give people a title that will be come an insult tomorrow. We have never been in this situation before therefore there is no solution. The human life is more important than the money and all other things put together…

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