EPL Chiefs on a seven-weeks football festival as the league awaits resumption


Premier League chiefs are working on a new seven-week football festival if the season resumes, but it must start by June 19 – otherwise it will be impossible to complete the season before UEFA’s cut-off point of August 2.

One major Premier League club has already started sending out kits to their players’ homes to test themselves as about 40,000 testing kits – costing about £4m – are to be bought by the league in a bid toget games resumed.

Controversial plans to stop Premier League relegation this season are gathering support with a growing set of top-flight clubs backing the idea of playing out fixtures at up to 10 neutral stadiums – if the threat of relegation is removed.

The Premier League will make a desperate plea for unity this week amid claims that the bottom six clubs are sabotaging plans to resume the season, while some of the ‘big six’ are lobbying for guarantees that promotion and relegation will still be implemented, even if the season is curtailed.

Premier League clubs will hold urgent talks with their players thisweek amid major concerns from footballers over proposals to restart the season.

England hope to play six Tests this summer at only two venues, in a new proposed schedule for the season that could exclude all county and women’s cricket.

Meanwhile, Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson has followed the Players Together campaign by helping to launch an eBay shirts raffle to raise funds for NHS heroes.

Alexis Sanchez has desires on moving back to his native Chile following a failed spell at Manchester United.

Jack Wilshere has insisted that he has ‘unfinished business at West Ham’ and said heis determined to show manager David Moyes and the Hammers are faithful of what he can do.

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