UEFA set Premier League deadline of just FOUR WEEKS to detail how they plan to end the current season
- UEFA have set the Premier League a deadline to reveal plans to end the season
- The body issued all leagues a four-week time limit to put forward proposals
- Discussions have taken place as to how the top flight will return to action
- Arsenal returned to training on Monday and observed social distancing rules
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No top flight action has taken place since mid-March as a result of the spread of the deadly disease, which has taken 21,092 lives in the UK, with Premier League chiefs looking to find a way to ensure the season is completed.
And now UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin and general secretary Theodore Theodoridis have handed the Premier League, and all leagues across Europe, a directive to provide a plan within four weeks as to how they will complete the season.
UEFA have told the Premier League they must provide a plan to return to action in four weeks
The top flight has been suspended since mid-March as a result of the spread of the coronavirus
A new circular from the governing body stated: ‘National Associations and/or Leagues should be in a position to communicate to Uefa by May 25, 2020, the planned restart of their domestic competitions — including the date of restart and the competition format.’
For UEFA, the ‘ideal scenario’ is for all domestic leagues to be completed so that clubs can ‘qualify for UEFA competitions on merit’.
UEFA chief Alexander Ceferin handed the deadline to all leagues amid the current uncertainty
Last week, it had been reported that in the event that government provisions would not allow for a nation’s domestic league to resume, places for competitions in Europe would be decided on ‘sporting merit’.
Arsenal returned to training on Monday and were photographed observing the social distancing rules. Players trained in groups of five and all drove to the training ground individually.
It follows after Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, revealed that he had held discussions with the Premier League in a bid to help the competition get back ‘up and running’ again.
Arsenal players returned to training on Monday and arrived at the training ground individually
The squad observed the strict social distancing measures and trained in groups of five
He said in the House of Commons: ‘I personally have been in talks with the Premier League with a view to getting football up and running as soon as possible in order to support the whole football community.’
German football is set to return on May 9, while talks have taken place in Italy over a possible return to football come the end of May.