Key Premier League meeting moved

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A key Premier League meeting to decide the next steps in resuming the 2019-20 season has been moved back a few days.

The UK government has currently set lockdown measures until May 7 and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will now give his next update on Sunday, May 10.

That means that the Premier League have now moved their next club meeting to Monday, May 11 as they will then know plenty more about which direction the UK is heading in.

The Premier League were due to hold a meeting on Friday, May 8 to discuss the outcome of new government measures and how they could move ‘project restart’ to the next phase, and possibly vote on resuming the season. All 20 Premier League clubs have so far agreed that they want to finish the current season but only when things improve and it is safe to play again.

Currently the UK has the highest death toll in Europe due to the coronavirus pandemic as over 30,000 people have died according to the latest government statistics.

Following the latest announcement, the hope is that Premier League clubs can return to group training on May 18 and then resume the 2019-20 season with games behind closed doors from June 12. The season was suspended on March 13 initially until April 3, then April 30 and then indefinitely .

There have been hints from the UK government that they will relax certain social distancing measures and last week key officials in the government confirmed they are in talks with the Premier League about how they could return to action.

Current plans discussed by Premier League clubs include playing the remaining 92 games of the 2019-20 season at 10 neutral venues, which some clubs are opposed to.