Premier League set to live stream all matches played behind closed doors


The Premier League and Football Association have already been in discussion with the government and, according to The Times, the football season will not be postponed but instead played exclusively behind closed doors.

With increasing concerns following the announcement on Wednesday that Jamaica has recorded its second case of the dreaded novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) has suspended matches scheduled for Thursday and for the weekend.

It has also been proposed that all season-ticket holders and ticket holders for individual games be allowed to stream matches into their homes and that no matches will be shown in pubs to avoid fans congregating there.

Broadcasters will also be permitted to screen multiple gamesin the lunchtime and tea-time slots on Saturday, as well as on Sundays andMonday nights.

Portuguese football has taken the same measure with all matches in the top two divisions of the league structure being played behind closed doors, whilst in the Netherlands there have been some postponements.

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Further investigations are ongoing, with the police appealing for public assistance to identify the other women involved. Mr Banducci said these were "unusual and challenging times" and would introduce more limits if needed.

The plan could be thrown into action once the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United Kingdom surpasses 500, and the decision could be taken during a meeting of the government's Cobra committee on Thursday.

And the Premier League and EFL have been in talks over how to best deal with the outbreak.

There is no indication in the Telegraph's write-up which club or players might be affected, though it is claimed that the test results are expected by Friday.

Inter Milan, who faced Juventus last week, have subsequently halted all sporting activities - with Rugani an unused substitute for that clash.

An exclusive in The Times on Thursday says that a sequence of events that will see the games behind closed doors implemented, will start with the number of UK Coronavirus cases going past the 500 mark.