Premier League plans June 17 restart after 100-day shutdown

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Premier League is planning to return on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

A doubleheader would see English football return with Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United.

The announcement was made by the BBC and Sky Sports, who the league’s official broadcasters. Approval from authorities is required for sporting events to resume with strict medical protocols to try to prevent COVID-19 being transmitted.

Playing those two make-up games on Wednesday, June 17 will ensure the 30th round can be contested the following weekend.