Mayor of London Sadiq Khan believes that it is ‘too early’ to talk about the resumption of the English Premier League (EPL) games in the capital.
The United Kingdom (UK) government announced on Monday that sport including football in the country may be allowed to resume behind closed doors in June.
The English top flight aims to resume fixtures on June 12 with EPL club officials continuing discussions over ‘Project Restart’.
However, Khan is not in favour of matches being played in London as the city has been badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. As of 11 May, 32,065 people had died in the UK due to the virus.
“Sadiq is extremely keen for the Premier League and professional sport in general to resume. However, with the country still in the grips of this crisis, and hundreds of people dying every day, he believes that it is too early to be discussing the resumption of the Premier League and top-flight sport in the capital,” Khan’s spokesperson told the Evening Standard.
“As a Liverpool fan, Sadiq of course wants the Premier League to return, but it can only happen when it is safe to do so, and it cannot place any extra burden on the NHS and emergency services.”
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi