Premier League chief confirms when the league will resume

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The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, with the last game being played by March 9.

However, the Premier League has since been making plans for football to resume, with 92 league games still to be played.

The Project Restart is at its first phase, with a closed group training resuming on Tuesday, and Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says league officials are “as confident as we can be” about getting matches back up and running in June, but admits they “have to be flexible”.

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“I think we’re as confident as we can be,” he told BBC Sport.

“We’ve taken the first step, there’s been a huge amount of work and consultation, discussion with clubs and players and stakeholders to get us to the point where we could go back to step one of training this week.

“It’s great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground.”

When asked for a more realistic target date to resume matches, Masters said: “We had a staging post in mid-June, but we have to be flexible.

“We’re able to discuss next week the possibility of going to contact training, and then after that it’s about how much contact training is required – and that really gives you a start date.

“So we have to be flexible.”

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