‘English football to return on June 6 if matches’ safety is guaranteed’
The English Football League (EFL) are planning to return to action on June 6 in order to complete the 2019/20 season and ensure the financial future of many lower league clubs, reports mirror.co.uk.
Football around the globe remains on lockdown amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but there is a growing desire to return to action as soon as it is safely possible in order to ensure that clubs don’t go bankrupt.
An emergency fund of £50 million has been set up in order to help struggling Championship, League One and League Two sides, while Premier League clubs are also feeling the strain during the lack of action.
The top-flight could also resume on the same weekend as the lower leagues, with all matches taking place behind closed doors.
Clubs will only push to return in early June if the government deem it safe to do so, with action seemingly closer to resuming across the continent as teams slowly return to training.
The FA have offered Wembley and St George’s Park as potential bases in order to help fulfil matches behind closed doors, with Crystal Palace manager, Roy Hodgson, offering an insight into the mindset of football bosses.
“Everyone is in total agreement we need an end to this season,” the 72-year old told the Palace website.
“We don’t want artificial means of deciding who wins the league, who gets into the Champions League, who gets relegated and promoted.
“Ideally our players would have three or four weeks minimum to prepare for the first match back, but I accept there may have to be a squeeze on that timeframe.
“It might mean extra restrictions at our place of work … It may also mean that we have to play our … remaining matches in a shorter period of time than we normally would have done, and subsequently receive a shorter break between the seasons.”
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