Coronavirus latest: Premier League confirm clubs want to finish season
Action will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so
The Premier League has confirmed that its clubs want to see the season played to finish - but only when it is safe to do so.
Reports have suggested any matches played will have to be scheduled for neutral venues and June 12 has been mentioned as a potential return date.
A statement released on May 1 by the league said: "At a meeting of Premier League Shareholders today, clubs discussed possible steps towards planning to resume the 2019/20 season, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
"It was reiterated that the thoughts of all are with those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Furthermore, the Premier League’s priority is the health and safety of players, coaches, managers, club staff, supporters and the wider community.
"The League and clubs are considering the first tentative moves forward and will only return to training and playing with Government guidance, under expert medical advice and after consultation with players and managers.
"The League welcomed the creation of the Government medical working group for a return of elite sport, which met for the first time this morning.
"No decisions were taken at today’s Shareholders’ meeting and clubs exchanged views on the information provided regarding 'Project Restart'.
"It was agreed that the PFA, LMA, players and managers are key to this process and will be further consulted.
"The clubs reconfirmed their commitment to finishing the 2019/20 season, maintaining integrity of the competition and welcomed the Government’s support."
Most Premier League clubs have nine matches left to play this season with Manchester City, Sheffield United, Arsenal and Aston Villa needing to play ten.
Some teams have already returned to training but are sticking to social distancing rules.
Bournemouth captain Simon Francis is not sure football should be returning and told The Times: "My head's saying that I would love to see football restart, to play the remaining games and finish the season; my heart is saying we shouldn't be putting football, or economics, before anyone's health and safety."
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