According to Sky Sports News, the Premier League has decided to take a pause after the weekend of November 12 to accommodate the Qatar 2022 World Cup, before returning to action on Boxing Day.
Athletes will have a week to prepare with their national teams before departing for the competition in Middle East , and only eight days to stage a comeback for the league’s restart if they reach the final on December 18.
On Wednesday, executives from all 20 Premier League teams met in London for a big meeting, during which the program for 2022/23 was set after a four-hour discussion that also covered a number of other topics.
The idea of a winter World Cup has been dubbed “crazy” by Christian Purslow of Aston Villa, who believes the break will be felt by clubs and supporters in England once it begins next year.
“These are decisions that get taken a long time ago. They bite, quite soon. Next season we’ll all see that.
“I always have concerns about player welfare but I have more concerns for our fans missing Premier League football in the winter for five weeks, which is our great national tradition and our great national heritage.”
The Premier League will however begin a week earlier next campaign, on Saturday August 6, and end a week later than normal in May, with the FA Cup final being moved to June.
Covid-19 procedures, which were reviewed during the Premier League meeting in response to the government’s winter plan, which was announced earlier this month, were also discussed, including ‘Plan B,’ which could necessitate the use of Covid passports.
Clubs will continue to follow their own rules when it comes to conducting spot checks on fans at stadia for vaccination status or negative lateral flow test results, as well as urging staff and players to get vaccinated.
A ‘charter’ for the Premier League to prevent future ideas for a breakaway European Super League was also addressed, although the nine-point proposal is thought to be far from being adopted.
Meanwhile, a source within the meeting told Sky Sports News that they don’t need a piece of paper to ensure that this doesn’t happen again; public perception has already accomplished.