Current plans to restart the Premier League a month after games were stopped

Fans of Premier League clubs have been without football for more than a month now.

The league was suspended on March 13 as the coronavirus pandemic took hold with clubs having either nine or 10 fixtures remaining.

The suspension has also left Liverpool agonisingly close to an historic first title in 30 years.

Since then there have been several suggestions for dates, ways and even locations to restart the 2019/20 season.

Currently, the Premier League is suspended indefinitely, meaning there is no fixed return date.

An initial suspension to April 3 was soon extended to April 30, before the decision was made that matches will resume “only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so”.

While there’s no date set for the Premier League to return, the EFL is looking to restart the Championship, League One and League Two on June 6.

If that were to happen, matches look set to be played behind closed doors, and clubs will only push for a June restart if the government deems it safe to do so.

Premier League matches – whenever they do return – could also be played in empty stadiums.

The FA has offered Wembley and St George’s Park as potential bases to help complete the season. It's thought the national stadium could host up to four matches per day, while St George's Park could be used as a quarantined training base.

The Premier League is monitoring plans being put forward in Italy to finish the current season, and potentially restart the next, behind closed doors.

Another idea for the season to be completed in China has been ruled out while a World Cup-style tournament has also been suggested, but there are worries over the competition's integrity due to the lack of home advantage.

However some clubs are understood to want the season completed by June 30.

If that cannot happen, they are said to want the season curtailed rather than risk the “huge uncertainty and utter chaos” of allowing it to drag on for months beyond the summer.

Bosses from the nine clubs, who are due to present their plans next week, have a proposal to find a formula to finish the season, allowing Liverpool to crowned champions as well as settling European and relegation places.

They also have concerns about player contracts expiring on June 30, while many clubs also facing the end of big commercial sponsorship deals on that date.

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