Premier League braced for TV losses as player protests mount
May 13 2020
However, with the government yesterday giving the Premier League the green light to resume football from June 1st, the most likely scenario is that the season will be completed with a timetable similar to the one.
It was understood, however, that if the government does not agree to the proposal then the clubs will still reluctantly accept the neutral venue plan.
The BBC reported the bill facing the English top-flight, which continued talks on "Project Restart" on Monday, could be as high as £340 million ($420 million, Sh42 billion).
With clubs in the lower half of the Premier League such as Brighton, West Ham, Watford and Southampton expressing strong reservations about giving up home advantage for matches that would all be played without spectators present, Monday's video conference meeting of all 20 clubs has concluded with a united front being shown.
Players and clubs are expected to be meeting today, with the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) and League Managers' Association (LMA) reportedly intending to consult their members on medical protocols tomorrow, ahead of further important meetings on Thursday.
The UK has been one of the worst-hit countries in the global pandemic, with the government officially recording almost 32,000 deaths of people who had tested positive for Covid-19.
Clubs eased into a basic form of training last week, with training grounds allowed to open for use by players but under strict social distancing guidelines limiting numbers on site and preventing players from changing, showering or eating at the training complex.
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has outlined a series of phased measures which include the possibility of behind-closed-doors sporting events from 1 June, a situation he said would offer a "much-needed boost to the national morale".
Premier League football is now suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"Everybody would prefer to play home and away if at all possible", confirmed chief executive Masters.
"But we're not going to be out there on a Saturday afternoon and we're not going to be going back to our family".
"I'm happy to reveal it was discussed for the first time but the contents of that discussion have to remain confidential". No conclusions were reached on any other models.
There are 92 matches left to be played in the 2019/20 Premier League season, and there is the option of playing matches at neutral grounds to avoid fans gathering outside whilst matches are taking place, something which is incredibly relevant to Liverpool, whose supporters have had to wait 30 whole years for a title, and it's unlikely they could be realistically kept away. Those are future conversations we may need to have.