THE PREMIER League could return in mid June with games free on TV to stop people going out.
Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden today confirmed the Government were desperate to bring football back if it could be done safely.
Appearing on Sky News, the Minister claimed making games free to watch was important to make sure people stayed home.
He said: “We are working hard with them to try and get it back, I am aiming for mid-June.
“The number one test is public safety.
“I’m hoping that we can have something a bit more ambitious with some more free-to-air matches available so people can watch from home because that would be helpful in terms of discouraging people from leaving their homes.”
“What we are aiming for is to finish the season from behind close doors from mid June onwards.”
All 20 clubs will meet this morning, with a vote to take place on the new training protocols.
At least 14 of them need to back the new criteria, which includes getting changed at home for training and driving to ground on their own.
It comes after Germany’s top league the Bundesliga returned this weekend behind closed doors.