The 2019/20 Premier League season resumes behind closed doors this evening. To encourage fans to enjoy the return of football from the safety of their own homes, the League has created a video celebrating some of the ways supporters around the world will be cheering on their teams.
Fans are encouraged to 'Support your club, stay safe, follow at home' when the action restarts. Among the supporters featured in the video are health and key workers, who have worked tirelessly throughout the crisis.
Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said: 'I am delighted we are resuming the 2019/20 season tonight. We have taken it step by step, working with the Government, our clubs, the players and managers and many other organisations to ensure we are starting at the right time. There has been a lot of hard work to get to this point, but the real prize will be finishing the season.
'Of course, it will be an unusual experience not having fans in the stadiums. The Premier League won't be fully "back" until fans can return, but we all know that is not possible at this time, so the best thing supporters can do is enjoy the action in their own homes - watching on television, listening on the radio or following on social media.'
The 2019/20 season returns today with Aston Villa versus Sheffield United (kick-off 18:00 BST) followed by Manchester City versus Arsenal (kick-off 20:15 BST), ahead of a full match round running from Friday 19th June to Monday 22nd June.
These matches will be preceded by a moment's silence in recognition of those who have been affected by COVID-19. The League supports the players' wish to have their names replaced by Black Lives Matter on the back of their shirts for the first 12 matches of the restarted 2019/20 season. A Black Lives Matter logo will also feature on shirts for the remainder of the season, along with a badge thanking the NHS for their work during the COVID-19 crisis.
It’s almost time to feel the excitement again 🎉— Premier League (@premierleague) June 17, 2020
As we approach kick-off, remember, we all have a part to play
👊 Support your club
👊 Stay safe
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