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Premier League clubs agree behind closed-doors return

first_imgRelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Lampard: I still have confidence in Tomori Premier League clubs are all in total agreement that the season needs to be completed amid the coronavirus pandemic. That is according to Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson, who claims it is important for the current campaign to end without “artificial” methods of determining places. The league has been suspended since March 13 due to COVID-19 with Liverpool 25 points clear at the top. Premier League action will not return until April 30 at the very earliest due to fears about resuming games to soon. However, it’s understood matches are more likely to return in the summer – and behind closed doors. Jurgen Klopp’s side need just two more wins to be certain of their first league title in 30 years and Hodgson is adamant the campaign must only finish once all games have been played. In a message to supporters on Palace’s official website, Hodgson said: “Everyone is in total agreement we need an end to this season. We don’t want artificial means of deciding who wins the league, who gets into the Champions League, who gets relegated and promoted. “Ideally our players would have three or four weeks’ minimum to prepare for the first match back, but I accept there may have to be a squeeze on that timeframe. “It might mean extra restrictions at our place of work – the training ground – for example. It may also mean that we have to play our nine remaining matches in a shorter period of time than we normally would have done, and subsequently receive a shorter break between the seasons. “But I think with all of these sacrifices – and I am uncomfortable using that word in such a context – everyone will be more than happy to go along with what it takes in order to get playing again as soon as possible in order to get the season finished.” There had been some claims that the season would be declared null and void or that it would end with the positions staying as they are now should no more games be played. That would see Liverpool win their first Premier League title, while Bournemouth, Aston Villa and Norwich would be relegated. Chelsea would finish in the top four along with Leicester, with Manchester United, Sheffield United and Tottenham missing out. But as long as all Premier League clubs are in agreement over what needs to happen it seems unlikely that the season will not be completed one way or another.Tags: ChelseaCOVID-19Crystal PalaceLiverpoolManchester UnitedRoy Hodgsonlast_img

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