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UEFA set Premier League return deadline as plans drawn up for major changes

UEFA set Premier League return deadline as plans drawn up for major changes 1

UEFA wants the Premier League to submit their plan on how they will return to action by May 25 despite the UK’s coronavirus rules not yet being relaxed. Talks have been ongoing in the background which could see top-flight football make it’s comeback with some distinctive changes.

European football’s governing body wants to know how every domestic league plans to go forward by the end of next month.

The Premier League has been suspended since March 13 but there are hopes the campaign could resume as early as May 8.

According to the Times, it has been suggested that only particular stadiums are used to help stop the spread of the killer virus and to ease the burden on public services.

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It is almost certain that matches will return behind closed doors but home advantage could be thrown out of the window.

There is still a tussle between Premier League club chiefs as to whether it is correct to press forward with resuming the season while the coronavirus pandemic is still rife.

Watford chief executive Scott Duxton is one of those who has a major concern about bringing football back too soon.

The Times claims to have seen a UEFA document which intensifies the pressure on the English top flight.

It reads: “National associations and/or leagues should be in a position to communicate to UEFA by May 25 the planned restart of their domestic competitions, including the date of restart and the relevant competition format.”

There is a caveat in that league’s can end their campaign prematurely, as has happened in Belgium where Club Brugge have been crowned champions.

The integrity of the competition could be called into question if only “approved stadia” are used for the remaining nine game weeks.

A shareholders meeting will take place on Friday where further talks are set to be held.

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