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BBC: Premier League to resume June 17 with Villa-Sheffield United, and City-Arsenal

Football is coming back, pending the virus doing something wacky.

The Tottenham Hotspur Club Badge Photo by Visionhaus

Premier League football will be returning to the airwaves on June 17. According to the BBC, the 20 league clubs have agreed “in principle” to re-start the 2019-20 English league season that was halted in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Unless there is another wave of coronavirus infections, or if COVID-19 symptoms start sweeping through league players or staff, football is coming back.

June 17 will feature a double-header of matches: Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United, and Manchester City vs. Arsenal — the four clubs that have games in hand. A full slate of matches is then scheduled for the weekend of June 19-21. For Tottenham Hotspur, that means they will play Manchester United at a closed-door Tottenham Hotspur Stadium sometime during that weekend.

Details are still being hashed out in a meeting today with league stakeholders — those details are likely going to include not only the match schedule for the remaining 92 matches, but also things like contingency plans for if coronavirus spreads throughout a club or multiple clubs. There has been talk that the schedule could include multiple mid-week matches in order to more quickly finish the nine match weeks remaining in the season, but even so it is likely that games will continue into August.

More information when we learn of it.