The Russian Premier League Announce Return Date

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The Russian Premier League has decided to restart on June 21. The Executive Committee of the governing body announced on Friday, May 15.

There are 8 rounds of games remaining in order to complete the season. These games will be played from June 21 to July 22. However, all matches will be played behind closed doors.

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“Unfortunately, the remaining matches will be held without spectators, we are sure that fans will support their teams from home.” league president Sergei Pryadkin said.

Given that some players and coaches would need to return to Russia. The governing body has set the date having considered that these players and coaches will need to self-isolate before they can play or manage.

“We will do everything to ensure the safety of all participants,” Pryadkin added.

This news comes as quite a shock given that Russia has the world’s second-fastest rate of new infections. Russia has 262,843 registered cases of the virus and 2,305 deaths as of May 15.

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Regardless, Russia has eased lockdown regulations and are determined to revive its struggling economy. The resumption of the country’s top football division is indicative of that.

Zenit currently sits atop the Russian Premier League with 50 points. The leaders sit 9 points clear of second place, Lokomotiv Moscow. In contrast, Akhmat Grozny and Krylya Sovetov will hope to change their luck in the next string of games and escape relegation.

 

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