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  • David Tyrer

The government 'is opening the door for competitive football to return safely in June'

And just like that, football was back. Well, okay, that's a bit dramatic. But the confirmation from the government this evening is promising news indeed.

It was mentioned earlier on Tuesday that a tentative date of 15th June was being looked at as a potential point for which domestic football could return.

But the statement from the government tonight would appear to confirm that we will almost certainly see the Premier League back in the next 4-5 weeks. Provided clubs and players can agree upon a way to return safely.

A statement from Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said: "Today's positive meeting I hosted with the football authorities progressed plans for the resumption of the professional game in England. We all agreed that we will only go ahead if it is safe to do so and the health and welfare of players, coaches and staff comes first.

"The government is opening the door for competitive football to return safely in June. This should include widening access for fans to view live coverage and ensure finances from the game's resumption supports the wider football family.

"It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans, and there is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.

"The Government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support to the game ahead of any final decision which would put these plans into action."

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