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Premier League Statement On The Return Of Fans

22 September, 2020

The Premier League notes the Government's announcement today and while the health of the nation must remain everyone's priority, we are disappointed that the safe return of supporters to matches has been postponed.

The Premier League is certain that, through League-wide guidelines and a code of conduct developed with scientific experts and agreed by the Government's Sports Grounds Safety Authority, fans in stadiums will be as safe or even safer than at any other public activity currently permitted.

This is already evident in other European leagues.

Football is not the same without attending fans and the football economy is unsustainable without them.

Last season, Premier League clubs suffered £700m in losses and at present, our national game is losing more than £100m per month. This is starting to have a devastating impact on clubs and their communities

We are confident that Premier League clubs, using innovative ways to get supporters safely back into grounds, will enable revenues to return to all levels of the game, as well as maintain solidarity arrangements, current tax contributions and financial support for local and national economies

While there is a current pause in a date for fans returning to sports venues, the Premier League and our clubs will not slow down in our preparations for providing safe, bio-secure environments

We will continue to work with Government to bring supporters safely back into grounds as soon as possible.

SOURCE: Premier League

Premier League Cancels Deal With Chinese Licensee

03 September, 2020

The Premier League has cancelled its UK£523m Chinese rights deal with Suning Holdings-owned PPTV. The streaming service still owed the league UK£160m for the final installment of its 2019/20 fee. The broadcasting deal with Suning Holdings is believed to be the Premier League’s biggest overseas TV contract.

Suning had agreed a three-year deal with the Premier League, running from 2019 to the end of the 2022 season. The collapse of this deal will be another financial blow to the league, which is already struggling dut to pandemic-related shutowns.

Here is the full statement from the league:

"The Premier League confirms that it has today terminated its agreements for #PL coverage in China with its licensee in that territory. The #PL will not be commenting further on the matter at this stage."