The Premier League season is set to resume on June 17, roughly three months after it was suspended due to the covid-19 crisis, reported on Thursday by the British media.
There have been no matches played since on March 9 when Leicester defeated Aston Villa in a 4-0 win, with Liverpool just two wins away from securing the Premier League title.
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.
The BBC reported that the first two matches would be Aston Villa vs Sheffield United and Manchester City vs Arsenal. Those matches are the two games to kick start the league.
So far, 12 people have tested positive for coronavirus after 2,752 tests across the Premier League.
Also, Italy’s Serie A is to resume on June 20 after a three-month absence in a country hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Thursday.
“The Technical and Scientific Committee gave its agreement on the protocol and the federation assured me that it had a plan B and a plan C,” Spadafora said after a meeting with Italian football chiefs.
“In the light of these considerations, the championship can resume on June 20.”
No top-flight matches have been played since Sassuolo beat Brescia 3-0 on March 9, before the championship was suspended by a pandemic which has killed over 33,000 people in Italy.
Germany’s Bundesliga resumed earlier this month and La Liga in Spain hopes to return from June 11, while a crucial summit between Italian football officials and the country’s sports minister will be held later on Thursday.
Liverpool were 25 points clear of 2019 champions Manchester City when the Premier league was shut down, on the verge of being crowned English champions for the first time in 30 years.
Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich City are in the relegation places.
Edited from: The Punch