Premier League - The Big Interview - Episode 8Sep 28
The Premier League has been suspended for almost two months but clubs have agreed in principle to restart on Wednesday 17 June with Aston Villa v Sheffield United and Manchester City v Arsenal.
Will BT Sport be showing live matches?
Yes, we’re delighted to see the provisional plan to restart the Premier League next month.
Should all proceed safely, we look forward to broadcasting 20 Premier League games to our BT Sport customers.
What does it mean for my BT Sport bill?
With the return of live Bundesliga, UFC and now the Premier League in June, we can confirm that as a gesture of goodwill we will also be offering customers a further bill credit to the value of 50% of their BT Sport monthly subscription.
When will fixtures be played?
There are 92 fixtures still to play, with two midweek matches before a full fixture list the following weekend.
Kick off times will be as follows:
Friday - 8pm
Saturday - 12.30pm, 3pm, 5.30pm, 8pm
Sunday - 12pm, 2pm, 4.30pm, 7pm
Monday - 8pm
Tuesday - 6pm, 8pm
Wednesday - 6pm, 8pm
Thursday - 6pm, 8pm
Will fans be able to attend stadiums?
No. The Premier League confirmed that all remaining 92 matches will be played behind closed doors.
Will any games be played at neutral venues?
The following fixtures are set to be played at neutral venues, with the scope for more matches to be moved should it be deemed fit.
- Manchester City v Liverpool
- Manchester City v Newcastle
- Manchester United v Sheffield United
- Newcastle v Liverpool
- Everton v Liverpool
- The game in which Liverpool could secure the Premier League title
Have players started training fully again?
Premier League clubs voted unanimously to resume contact training as ‘Project Restart’ took a giant step forwards on Wednesday.
After small, socially-distanced training sessions started last week, players and managers from the 20 top-flight clubs were briefed on proposals for the reintroduction of contact training on Tuesday.
12 people have tested positive for coronavirus after 2,752 tests across the league so far.
Players and staff will continue to be tested twice a week, with the capacity increased from 50 to 60 tests per club for the fourth round of testing.
What new rules will be in place?
IFAB (International Football Association Board) announced a number of rule changes for when football returns after its coronavirus-enforced break which could be adopted by the Premier League.
If the Premier League ratifies the rule amendments, clubs will be allowed to make five substitutions per match instead of three.
IFAB has also permitted competitions that were using technology to stop doing so, but the Premier League is expected to resist the idea of scrapping VAR.
Will there still be relegation?
Chief Executive Richard Masters said that, if the season plays out “no-one has suggested, or talked about, relegation not being in play”.
What have other European leagues decided?
Germany’s Bundesliga became the first major European league to resume during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in May.
The French, Dutch and Belgian top divisions have all been curtailed.