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Premier League chief Richard Masters quizzed on June return and relegation

Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says league officials are “as confident as we can be” about getting matches back up and running in June, but admits they “have to be flexible”.

England’s top flight has been on hold since 13 March, with Leicester ’s 4-0 win over Aston Villa four days earlier the last outing before the league’s suspension.

Clubs were finally able to return to training this week, albeit for non-contact social-distancing sessions, giving supporters optimism that a return to action behind closed doors may not be too far away.

And Masters has identified mid-June as a “staging post” to resume matches after getting over the first hurdle this week.

Premier League teams returned to training this week
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“I think we’re as confident as we can be,” he told BBC Sport .

“We’ve taken the first step, there’s been a huge amount of work and consultation, discussion with clubs and players and stakeholders to get us to the point where we could go back to step one of training this week.

“It’s great for everybody, including the fans, to see our players back on the training ground.”

And Premier League chief executive Richard Masters says they are “as confident as we can be” about getting matches back up and running in June
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When asked for a realistic target date to resume matches, Masters said: “We had a staging post in mid-June, but we have to be flexible.

“We’re able to discuss next week the possibility of going to contact training, and then after that it’s about how much contact training is required – and that really gives you a start date.

“So we have to be flexible.”

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