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Government ‘opens door’ for football return

Government ‘opens door’ for the return of professional football in England after a meeting with the FA, Premier League and EFL.

Oliver Dowden said that talks have been “positive” and there has been “progressed plans” for the sport to resume.

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He added that plans should “include widening access for fans to view live coverage and ensure finances from the game’s resumption supports the wider football family.

“We all agreed that we will only go ahead if it is safe to do so and the health and welfare of players, coaches and staff comes first.

“It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans, and there is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole.

“The government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support to the game.”

The Premier League met on Monday to discuss “Project Restart” and hopes for a return to action on the 12th of June, with matches played behind closed doors.

Championship clubs hope to gain government clearance for a 25 May return to regular training, as part of plans to resume the 2019-20 season.

It is understood a target restart of 6 June has been discussed but clubs still anticipate a more likely 13 June date, in line with the Premier League.

All 24 clubs held a conference call on Wednesday, after an EFL board meeting.

League One and Two clubs will speak on Friday, when the prospect of ending the season seems certain to move closer.

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