Premier League to return with Manchester City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United on June 17

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Football in England will restart on June 17 after the Premier League gave the go-ahead for matches to resume, with every game to be televised until the end of the season.

Manchester City will play Arsenal and Aston Villa will face Sheffield United in three weeks time, as the Premier League aims to complete the remaining 92 matches.

A full weekend schedule of fixtures will then take place on 20 and 21 June, the Premier League confirmed on Thursday.

The decision was agreed by all 20 Premier League clubs at a meeting on Thursday.

Remaining games will be broadcast by current rights holders Sky Sports, BT Sport, BBC Sport and Amazon Prime..

The BBC will show four of the games, the first top-flight matches to be shown on free-to-air television since 1992.

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BBC director of sport Barbara Slater said: “This opportunity creates an historic moment for the BBC and our audiences.

“At a time when sports fans across the country are in need of lift, this is very welcome news. We are delighted and excited to have the chance to show live Premier League games on the BBC.

“This will offer audiences, who haven’t had the opportunity in the past, live , free to air access to the best football league in the world, as the BBC continues to keep the country entertained during these unprecedented times.”

Sky Sports will transmit 64 of the 92 games live, making 25 of these available to watch for free on Freeview.

Aston Villa will play Sheffield United. Credit: PA

Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: "Today we have provisionally agreed to resume the Premier League on Wednesday 17 June.

"But this date cannot be confirmed until we have met all the safety requirements needed, as the health and welfare of all participants and supporters is our priority.

"Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches.

"The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home.

"We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019/20 season."

Talks have taken place over a number of weeks between the stakeholders as part of 'Project Restart' in order to come up with a safe strategy for football to once again take place, which is now close to a conclusion.

The date means the games will be played exactly 100 days since the last Premier League match took place.

Manchester City v Arsenal and Aston Villa v Sheffield United are both "games in hand" and those being completed will mean each team will have then played 29 matches each.

The last action in the Premier League was on March 9, before the competition was suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 13.

Players have recently returned to non-contact training and have undergone an extensive coronavirus testing programme since.

Additionally, it was agreed on Wednesday that full contact training could resume.

Twelve players and staff have thus far tested positive for Covid-19.

Football has already restarted in Germany where all games in the two two divisions are being played behind closed doors, a strategy that will be copied in England.

It has been necessary to make adjustments to kick off times.

  • Matches will be scheduled as follows (all times BST):

  • Friday 20:00

  • Saturday 12:30, 15:00, 17:30 and 20:00

  • Sunday 12:00, 14:00, 16:30 and 19:00

  • Monday 20:00

  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 18:00 and 20:00