Official: Premier League’s return date and Chelsea’s date for opening game

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The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with Chelsea last playing on March 9.

After two months of inaction, the league is about to resume albeit behind closed doors, as the Premier League has put safety measures in place to keep players and staff protected from contacting or spreading the virus.

The Premier League is set to resume on Wednesday, June 17, with two outstanding games – Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United.

The next set of fixtures will be played on the weekend of 19-21 June, and while they have not been confirmed, the next Premier League fixtures scheduled before the coronavirus hiatus were…

Aston Villa vs Chelsea

Bournemouth vs Crystal Palace

Brighton vs Arsenal

Everton vs Liverpool

Man City vs Burnley

Newcastle vs Sheffield United

Norwich vs Southampton

Tottenham vs Man Utd

Watford vs Leicester City

West Ham vs Wolves

A Premier League statement on Thursday read: Premier League Shareholders today agreed to a new provisional restart date for the 2019/20 season of Wednesday 17 June, provided that all safety requirements are in place.

Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal – postponed due to the EFL Cup Final – will now take place on 17 June, followed by a full match round beginning on Friday 19 June.

Due to COVID-19, games will take place behind closed doors. Premier League Shareholders also approved a proposal that would see all 92 remaining matches broadcast live in the UK by the League’s existing broadcast partners: Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime.

Meanwhile, Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: “Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June. But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.

“Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.

“The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.

“We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season.”

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