Premier League Project Restart plans hit ANOTHER stumbling block as it is revealed that they ‘may have to apply for a UEFA renewal’ before clubs are able to vote on an agreement
- Premier League struggles to reach agreement with clubs on restart
- UEFA has set a deadline for European competitions on May 25 to determine their fate
- Premier League may need to apply for a deadline if they cannot make a quick decision
- Delay is due to arguments over neutral grounds and the safety of players
Project Restart plans have bumped yet another bump after it was revealed that the Premier League may need to ‘submit an application for UEFA renewal on their May 25 deadline’ before clubs are ready to vote.
UEFA previously stated that a decision should be made before May 25 on the outcome of the 2019-20 season, but so far the English top flyer is deadlocked on what to do.
While France has canceled their season and Germany is continuing their first set of games this weekend, there is no news in England – and The Telegraph report that a decision is unlikely to come before the deadline.
Premier League may need to apply for an extension with UEFA and President Aleksander Ceferin
The paper writes that the Premier League is preparing for the potential not to reach an agreement and is ready to apply for an extension at UEFA.
UEFA is believed to be willing to grant the request, as Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said professional sports cannot be resumed in the UK until June.
Much of the delay in making a decision in Premier League clubs was the argument about using neutral grounds or their usual stadiums.
There are also big decisions to be made regarding player safety, as some big names have expressed concerns pending a possible restart.
Success in Germany in the coming weeks is likely to contribute to the progress of the Premier League Project Restart plans, but Monday’s meeting shortened the season for the first time.
Of course, that in itself creates many more problems in terms of relegation and promotion of the championship, with clubs battling their own battles based on their positions in the Premier League table.
Premier League wants to resume playing games, but Project Restart is no easy discussion
One possibility that came up was ending the Premier League season and ending all of its leagues below, but Norwich is against allowing three teams from the second tier if they are not made to complete matches.
Sports director Stuart Webber told Sky Sports: “In my opinion, it should be arranged on the field, not off the field, because a big question we have when restarting is that it is fine if we restart and relegate three teams.
“But the championship has to start all over again and play all its matches. What we couldn’t accept is a situation where we play all our games, downgrade, but then the championship can’t play – because we don’t even know if the government is going to let them play, they automatically promote some teams that are not yet in the season have ended.
Manchester United leaders like Ed Woodward may not have voted before UEFA’s May 25 deadline
“Because anyone promoted from the championship is a 46 or 49 match log. It’s kind of like saying the FA Cup is over now, we can’t complete it. We’re in the quarterfinals and have beaten a championship top six team, we have beaten two Premier League teams, does that mean we win the FA Cup, qualify for Europe and we all get a medal?
“I think that is a very important sport point, it has to be arranged on the field, both up and down, and we accept that. We run our club like we finish 20th in the league, that’s how we budget, because we have to, it’s the rules we play with.
“So if we are relegated on the field, it’s because – yes we don’t like it, it’s not fun – but it’s not the big surprise either.”