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The Premier League have released a new statement concerning the 2019-20 season, with 92 fixtures still left to be played.
During the meeting all 20 clubs have discussed the possible scheduling models to complete the league season, which was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. While the Premier League said the games ‘will only restart when medical guidance allows’, in a week it was reported that some clubs were concerned over the players’ contracts extending on June 30.
A Premier League statement said: “We are acutely aware of the distress COVID-19 is causing and our thoughts are with all those directly affected by the pandemic.
In common with other businesses and industries, the Premier League and our clubs are working through complex planning scenarios. We are actively engaging with stakeholders, including broadcast partners, and our aim is to ensure we are in a position to resume playing when it it safe to do so and with the full support of the government.
The health and well-being of players, coaches, managers, club staff, and supporters are our priority and the league will only restart when medical guidance allows.
Today’s shareholders’ meeting provided an opportunity to discuss possible scheduling models. It remains our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.
In response to the pandemic, the PL, our clubs and players have provided vital support for communities and the NHS and will continue to do so after matches recommence.”