The English Premier League and its stakeholders rose from their meeting on Friday morning without agreeing on a date for the 2019/2020 season to resume, which was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, Completesports.com reports.
The Premier League was interrupted after 29 rounds of games, with Liverpool accumulating 57 points, 25 ahead of second-placed Manchester City, who have a game in hand. Leicester City is in third place with 53 points, Chelsea in fourth with 48 points, while Manchester United, with 45 points, completes the top five.
There was a media debate over whether the remaining games could be played or whether the season would be canceled entirely, or whether it is possible to end it now and crown the Liverpool champions. However, Premier League clubs, according to the organizer, are determined to end the season.
While some leagues announce their definitive position on the remaining 2019/2020 campaign, the Premier League said on Friday that it would need further consultation with the UK government and stakeholders before making a decision.
Below is the full Premier League statement posted on its website on Friday.
Premier League statement
The league and clubs discussed possible measures to plan for the 2019/20 season to resume when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
At a Premier League Shareholders' meeting today, clubs discussed possible measures to plan for the 2019/20 season to resume, when it is safe and appropriate to do so.
It was reiterated that everyone's thoughts are with those directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition, the Premier League's priority is the health and safety of players, coaches, managers, club staff, fans and the entire community.
The League and the clubs are considering the first attempts to advance and will only return to training and playing with government guidance, under specialized medical guidance and after consultation with players and officials.
The League welcomed the creation of the government medical working group for the return of elite sport, which met for the first time this morning.
No decision was made at today's shareholders' meeting and clubs exchanged views on the information provided about the "Project restart".
It was agreed that PFA, LMA, players and managers are essential to this process and will be consulted later.
The clubs reaffirmed their commitment to end the 2019/20 season, maintaining the integrity of the competition and received government support.
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