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English Premier League to restart in three weeks

Jurgen Klopp

Lead: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (pic: SNS Group)

Updated 29 May: The English Premier league is set to restart in three weeks’ time behind closed doors.

Manchester City are due to host Arsenal, with Aston Villa at home to Sheffield United on Wednesday, 17 June. A full fixture list would then be played on the weekend of 19-21 June.

The BBC will air four live games alongside Match of the Day highlights. They will be the first top-flight live league matches on the channel since 1988. The remaining fixtures will be broadcast live by other existing rights holders Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon.

Sky Sports will show 64 of the games, with 25 of those free-to-air, including Everton v Liverpool on the first weekend.

The season was halted on 13 March due to the Covid-19 crisis, leaving 92 fixtures remaining to be played and with Liverpool leading the table by 25 points.

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The news comes amid speculation that the SPFL season will kick off on 1 August. The 2019/21 season has been terminated and Celtic crowned champions.

Contact training will restart this week in England, with 12 individuals having tested positive for coronavirus after 2,752 tests across the league. Premier League players and staff will continue to be tested twice a week. Any players or staff to test positive must self-isolate for a period of seven days.

The son of former Liverpool owner George Gillett, meanwhile, has seen a takeover attempt of Hearts knocked back by Tynecastle owner Ann Budge. Colorado-based businessman Foster Gillett made contact via a third party last week.

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