Government backs top flight call to play on despite coronavirus chaos

Government backs Premier League’s decision to play on amid coronavirus chaos because elite sport bubbles are safe… and there’s no chance of pausing the season due to delayed Euro 2020

  • The Government has backed the Premier League’s decision to continue playing 
  • Officials are confident elite sport bubbles are safe despite recent outbreaks 
  • Man City and Fulham have been hit by positive cases leading to postponements 

The Government backs the Premier League’s decision to play on and resist a firebreak pause despite rising coronavirus cases, with the Department for Digital Culture Sport and Media understood to remain wholly supportive of the protocols, which were agreed to allow elite sport to return.

Government officials are confident that elite sport bubbles are safe, despite outbreaks at Fulham and Man City, while the Premier League maintain that the fact that cases at City have now been brought under control indicates that protocols do work.

There is also no chance of pausing the Premier League as in 2019-20, as that only was possible because UEFA agreed to postpone Euro 2020. 

The Government has backed the Premier League’s decision to play on amid rising covid cases

Officials are confident in the safety of elite sport bubbles despite recent outbreaks at clubs 

There is no chance that will happen again with national associations around Europe absolutely dependent on the TV contracts for Euro 2021 being fulfilled.

The Mail on Sunday understands that UEFA’s TV deals will expire and have to be renegotiated if the tournament isn’t played, so in reality the Premier League doesn’t have room to pause. 

Curtailment would be the only viable option and the clubs would sustain billions of pounds of losses if they couldn’t complete the season.

League One and League Two clubs could extend the season and play into June without such worries though the Championship would also likely have many players called up for their countries for the Euros.

National associations around Europe dependent on TV contracts for Euro 2021 being fulfilled

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