Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow said Premier League is determined to complete the season, but ‘nowhere near’ to finding a formula to do so.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, professional soccer in England has been halted since mid-March, with the United Kingdom recording more than 30 000 deaths.
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20 football clubs of the Premier League discussed plans for a possible return to action in June in “approved neutral venues” but they can’t take any steps until the government approves and changes the lockdown restrictions.
“We’re nowhere near having found the formula to complete the season,” Purslow was quoted as saying by The Times.
“I’m told how keen government are to get football back. I remain of the view that we’re going to complete this season and it’s a question of ‘when and how?’ not ‘if’.”
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Villa were second bottom when the season was halted and Purslow has previously said relegation would be a 200 million pounds catastrophe for any club.
“Yes, of course, I have to look after the club’s interests but there is a duty on 20 Premier League clubs to find a formulation that we know is nowhere near perfect but gets football back to complete season,” Purslow added.
“People have to see though that we need 20 clubs to be happy and that’s the statesmanship job that’s needed at the moment in the league.”