After months of lockdown and cancellation owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, Premier League football finally has a return date.
All clubs were part of a video conference on Thursday and unanimously agreed that the matches will resume in mid-June.
The fixtures will first focus on finishing up the pending game week that was disrupted when the lockdown was first put in place back in mid-March.
As such, June 17 will see Manchester City vs Arsenal and Aston Villa vs Sheffield United take place. Likewise, the important clash of Tottenham vs Manchester United could also occur on June 19, pending confirmation.
The following weekend until June 21 will see a full list of fixtures take place as well.
A number of Premier League fans took to Twitter to react to the long-awaited announcement.
June 17th ⚽️ is back. pic.twitter.com/RfwkfgEN9Q
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) May 28, 2020
Me when the Barclays finally returns pic.twitter.com/DpIc0XilLc
— Andy Ha (@AndyHa_) March 17, 2020
Premier League football is set to resume on June 17th.
Our first game is away to Manchester City. pic.twitter.com/E4nRuH3PCY
— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) May 28, 2020
If the Premier League is on (as it seems to be), the Championship won’t be far behind. Expect a step up to contact training shortly. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 28, 2020
Premier League football is coming back next month! 😍
— Anfield Watch (@AnfieldWatch) May 28, 2020
The Premier League will return in 20 days.
— Therese 🇳🇴 (@ThereseUTD) May 28, 2020
The Bundesliga is already back in full-fledge, playing games behind closed doors and in front of empty stadiums while the Serie A is also mulling over a return.
With a significant chunk of fixtures remaining to take place, it will be intriguing to see how the games are spaced apart going forward.
The games ahead is likely going to see Liverpool convert their impressive lead into an assured Premier League title while key relegation and European spots will also be put to rest after weeks of unease and speculation.