SPORTS: PREMIER LEAGUE CAN RESUME NEXT MONTH, SAYS UK GOVERNMENT.
Arsenal’s French striker Alexandre Lacazette (C) celebrates after scoring the opening goal of the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates Stadium in London….Elite sport in England could start behind closed doors from June 1 , according to government guidelines published on Monday, boosting Premier League clubs’ hopes of completing their season .
The government ’ s road map for exiting the
coronavirus lockdown sets out the conditions
under which various activities could be safely
Step two of the process , which cannot begin any earlier than June 1 , includes “permitting cultural and sporting events to take place behind closed doors for broadcast, while avoiding the risk of large – scale social contact” .
Events will only be allowed to take place if sufficient progress is made in limiting the spread of the virus between now and then.
It appears supporters in the UK face a long wait
to attend matches , with the guidelines recognising a return to sport in front of a crowd
“may only be fully possible significantly later
depending on the reduction in numbers of
Sports events involving international travel ,
such as football’s European competitions, cricket tours and Formula One, could be affected by the government’s planned introduction of an enforced 14 – day quarantine period for arrivals to the UK , except for those from countries “on a short list of exemptions”
Premier League clubs are meeting on Monday
to continue their discussions on “ Project
Restart “…The English top – flight had been
planning for a return to action no earlier than
the week beginning June 8.