Premier League confirms four new positive Covid-19 cases

Premier League confirms four new positive Covid-19 cases

Top-flight clubs voted unanimously on Wednesday to return to contact training and were meeting again on Thursday to discuss issues such as the restart date and the rebate to broadcasters.

Sources have told ESPN that Manchester City vs. Arsenal and Aston Villa at home to Sheffield United will be the first fixtures, taking all teams to 29 matches played.

The father of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has died at the age of 79 after contracting coronavirus.

Due to COVID-19, matches will take place behind closed doors.

The rest of the fixtures will be split among other channels like BT Sport, Amazon Prime and BBC Sport, which will air four live matches for the time since the Premier League's inception in 1992.

"Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June".

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said: "The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters".

The Telegraph report goes on to state that a game could be played on the Friday night of June 19 but that the full round of fixtures will resume on the Saturday, staggered across the weekend as usual.

"Project Restart" stepped up this week with players allowed to start contact training in small groups and the next phase of testing also beginning. It's previously been widely reported that the Premier League intends to begin the 2020-21 season in September.

A further list of remaining games are yet to be released and will be updated once announced.

It is believed, though, that home and away games are still possible - the method having been successfully used in the German Bundesliga.

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