The UK government has given the go-ahead for sport to resume from June 1.
Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Oliver Dowden confirmed today that sporting events will be allowed to take place from Monday without spectators.
The Premier League plans to resume the campaign on June 17 with Aston Villa’s game in hand against Sheffield United one of the first matches to be played.
Horse racing will be the first sport to return with a meeting scheduled at Newcastle on Monday.
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Dowden said: “The wait is over. Live British sport will shortly be back on in safe and carefully controlled environments.
“This guidance provides the safe framework for sports to resume competitions behind closed doors.
“It is now up to individual sports to confirm they can meet these protocols and decide when it’s right for them to restart.
“This is a significant moment for British sport. By working with clinicians every step of the way, we are creating the safest possible environments for everyone involved.”
The government has published ‘stage three’ of its protocols for elite sports to return behind closed doors.
Dowden added: “Football, tennis, horse racing, Formula 1, cricket, golf, rugby, snooker and others are all set to return to our screens shortly.”
Every Premier League match will be broadcast live and for the first time since its inception in 1992, four matches will be screened free to air on the BBC.
Sky Sports also plans to show 25 fixtures for free while the remaining games will be split as normal between Sky, BT Sport and Amazon.
Dowden added that a third of top-flight matches to finish the season will now be free to view.