Football fans around the world were waiting for this moment as one would scrutinize the white smoke coming from the Sistine Chapel. On Thursday May 28, the British media announced the resumption of the Premier League championship on Wednesday June 17, more than three months after its suspension due to the Covid-19 epidemic.
Two late matches, Manchester City-Arsenal and Aston Villa-Sheffield United, will be played on that day, and the ten matches of the 30e day would then be split between Friday the 19th and Sunday the 21st. The 20 Premier League clubs have yet to discuss the rest of the schedule before finalizing the decision with a vote, but an agreement in principle was reached on that date, says the BBC. , information confirmed by daily newspapers on Mirror and The Telegraph.
The English clubs, which resumed contact training on Wednesday, therefore have only three weeks to get their teams back in shape before returning to competition. A period that many consider too short as likely to promote injury.
And now, Serie A
Nine days before the end of the season, Liverpool are leading the rankings, ahead of Manchester City by 25 points. The primary goal of the Premier League is to end the season on August 2. This therefore leaves the authorities seven weeks to settle the nine full days remaining. The FA Cup final would take place on August 9.
After the German Bundesliga on May 16 and the Spanish Liga on June 12, the Premier League will be the third member of the European "big 5" to resume its championship behind closed doors. The Italian authorities must decide this Thursday evening the fate of Serie A. In France, the 2019-2020 season of Ligue 1, for its part, was definitively stopped on April 30 by the Professional Football League.