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2018 02 08 Retrieve

[The UK Department for International Trade (DIT), together with the Premier League and India On Track, are bringing Premier League and Indian football clubs, sports organisations and businesses together] The continued popularity of the ISL, the success of the recent U17 FIFA World Cup and the millions of passionate Premier League fans demonstrate the growing interest in football in India. We work extremely closely with the ISL, AIFF and other organisations to support the development of the game at all levels. The Football Movement conference provides opportunity to discuss further ways to grow the sport

2019 07 20 Retrieve

[Richard Masters says The Premier League will not suffer any ill effects as a result of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union] I don’t think there is a scenario where the Premier League will be badly affected by Brexit. We have to come to an arrangement with the Home Office at some point. Obviously no-one knows when Brexit is going to happen

We’re in constant dialogue with the Home Office and the FA and making sure that our clubs can continue to get access from talent from Europe and beyond. I think we will find appropriate accommodation and our clubs will be able to recruit the players they want from abroad. At the same time we are developing a cohort of players through the academy system and we have to keep the balance right. We have a team of people involved in those conversations, looking at it, talking to all of the different stakeholders involved

[One of the solutions mooted for the Premier League in the event of a no-deal Brexit was for homegrown player quotas to be introduced] We aren’t convinced by the arguments that limiting the number of foreign players and increasing quotas on homegrown players will benefit the England team. We certainly think something like that would have a negative impact on the Premier League – and that’s what we are talking to the FA about. Our clubs want to have full access to talent – and that is our focus

[The Premier League, according to Masters, provides the country a unique sporting a cultural asset] I think the government and politicians appreciate what English football in general and the Premier League in particular brings to the country. The Premier League is an important part of ‘Brand Britain’ around the world and I don’t think the government would want to do anything that has a negative impact on the Premier League or the English national team. That’s why I am sure we will sort it out

2019 07 21 Retrieve

[Interim Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is confident that the introduction of VAR in the 2019-20 season will have a minimal impact on the pace of matches] I have no doubt it will create some controversy because it is about the big decisions but we are prepared for that. We have spent two years working up to this point, and we were committed to doing it in our heads for two years. We have been training and testing and making sure when it happens, particularly on Saturday afternoons when we have got multiple matches going on, that we have a number of VARs trained. We feel that is done and we are ready to launch it.

I think fans want to see those clear and obvious errors cleared up, but they also want to see the game moved on quickly. You’re probably going to see the referees not use the review area - which is that camera to the side of the pitch - as often as you might see in other competitions. You have to operate within the guidelines that the IFAB (International Football Association Board) gives you to operate VAR. But, hopefully it will work and it will clear up those decisions and it won’t interrupt the fast-flowing pace of the Premier League. Those are basically our two objectives

2019 08 26 Retrieve

[Despite the fears, ahead of the 2019-20 season, Premier League chief Richard Masters expressed hope that the UK Home Office and the Football Association could come to an agreement that would limit any issues] The Premier League is an important part of ‘Brand Britain’ around the world and I don’t think the government would want to do anything that has a negative impact on the Premier League or the English national team. We’re in constant dialogue with the Home Office and the FA and making sure that our clubs can continue to get access to talent from Europe and beyond. I don’t think there is a scenario where the Premier League will be badly affected by Brexit. I think we will find appropriate accommodation and our clubs will be able to recruit the players they want from abroad

2020 02 07 Retrieve

[Why Premier League clubs are embracing FA’s mental health initiative] We are proud to support the Heads Up campaign to raise awareness of the importance of talking about mental health. Our clubs are already doing vital work in this area, whether that is within academies or working closely with local communities and schools to support mental wellbeing. All our clubs, their staff, managers and players are backing this campaign to help remove stigma and encourage fans to talk openly about their own mental health. Football has a major role to play and we hope that by joining the EFL and the FA for these weekends of action we can change the conversation

2020 03 04 Retrieve

[Premier League Hall of Fame] Since 1992, the Premier League has been home to world-class players who have defined generations and provided us with compelling football season after season

A place in the Premier League Hall of Fame is reserved for the very best. It will be an occasion for our fans around the world to look back over the years and help us celebrate some truly exceptional playing careers

2020 03 13 Retrieve

[Coronavirus: Premier League postponed until April 3 at the earliest amid Covid-19 outbreak] Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by COVID-19. ‘In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, Government, The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority’. Despite the challenges, it is the Premier League’s aim to reschedule the displaced fixtures, including those played by Academy sides, when it is safe to do so. In this fast-moving environment, further updates will be provided when appropriate

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[Premier League chief says ‘very real threat’ clubs could go out of business as he defends furloughing] It is important to recognise that these decisions need to be taken with the short, medium and long term all in mind. Not only is our industry facing losses now, but to be realistic, we must also base our plans on full recovery being some distance away. Ultimately, the very heavy losses that we face will have to be dealt with or else clubs and other enterprises who depend on football for income will go out of business. We do not say this lightly, or to justify clubs’ decisions; it is a very real threat

The furlough scheme announced by government is meant for the whole economy, including many enterprises which might be regarded as providing entertainment or otherwise dependent on elite talent. We do agree with you that restraint needs to be shown by all and we and our clubs are doing just that. Individual clubs will need to make these decisions based on their own forecasts as each club will have its own unique position

2020 04 17 Retrieve

[Sterling and Alexander-Arnold among players in ePremier League tournament] The thoughts of everyone at the Premier League are with all those directly affected by Covid-19. In response to the pandemic, the league, our clubs and players are providing valuable support for communities and the NHS. We are also aware of the importance of finding new ways to entertain fans at this time and we are excited to bring together a strong line-up of players for the ePremier League Invitational tournament. With Sky Sports screening the competition live in the UK and many of our international broadcast partners also showing the matches, fans around the world can tune in and enjoy the action. We know how popular FIFA 20 is with players and I am looking forward to seeing who will be crowned the ePL Invitational champion

2020 05 11 Retrieve

[Richard Masters says Every Premier League club would rather play at home over neutral venues] Just to reiterate that, I think everybody would prefer to play home and away if at all possible. And I think it’s clear to see that some clubs feel more strongly about that than others. It is an ongoing dialogue and obviously we’ve been talking to - since Covid-19 became an issue - we’ve been talking to the authorities about the conditions in which we could get the Premier League back up and running and taking all that advice on board

We have protocols created and reviewed, we have a testing company appointed, but the important consultation with players and managers is the next step, nothing has been agreed and nothing will be agreed until we have spoken to both the managers and the players. We discussed the training protocols, they’re under medical advice and we’re working closely with government still. No decisions will be made until after we have talked to players and managers and those meetings are scheduled for later this week. We have appointed a testing company. We talked about neutral venues – obviously it is the preference of all our clubs to play at home if at all possible, but all must be cognisant of what authorities are telling us and we will continue with that conversation. We won’t be playing until the middle of June, it doesn’t seem quite right to be talking about playing before we’ve actually taken the decision to return to the first stage of training, but obviously in terms of how those matches will take place, there’s a lot of water to pass under the bridge and we will continue to assess the circumstances then.

2020 05 11b Retrieve

[Premier League clubs discuss curtailing season for first time] It was the first time we discussed curtailment – it’s still our aim to finish the season obviously but it’s important to discuss all the options with our clubs. Obviously we reflected on Boris’ statement last night and the fuller statement that came out right at the end of the meeting and what that means for us. I’m happy to reveal it was discussed for the first time but the contents of that discussion have to remain confidential. What I can say is that all of the talk was about finishing the season. No conclusions were reached on any other models. Those are future conversations we may need to have. There was a desire to see all the different implications, the adaptions, if you like, to the Premier League model as we know in order to play out the season and then discuss what the fairest way forward is.

What we decided today - obviously this issue has been highlighted and we’ve discussed it at the last two meetings - but we’ve been working as far as possible to ensure that clubs complete the season with the same squad they had prior to the suspension

What was agreed today is that players can extend their contracts beyond June 30 until the end of the season but it must be agreed by both parties and a later date can be scheduled for that; no later than June 23

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[Willian, Fraser & other Premier League stars set to play on as clubs approve short-term contract extensions] What we decided is to ensure as far as possible that clubs complete the season with the same squad they had available prior to the suspension of the campaign. Players can extend their contracts beyond June 30 until the end of the season, but it must be agreed by both parties

2020 05 17 Retrieve

[Premier League clubs last week voted in favour of allowing short-term extensions for players whose contracts were set to expire on June 30] What we decided is to ensure as far as possible that clubs complete the season with the same squad they had available prior to the suspension of the campaign. Players can extend their contracts beyond June 30 until the end of the season, but it must be agreed by both parties

2020 05 18 Retrieve

[Premier League players have been tested for Covid-19 and expect to receive results on Tuesday before they return to training] When those results are in it will give us the confidence to release the clubs to start training immediately. Once you know when you can start full-contact training, and we’ve had a proper discussion about clubs over how much is required to create the fitness levels before they can start playing, you’re then in a position to confirm when the season start date is. We cannot de-risk the entire thing. But I think what we have created is an extremely safe environment. Hopefully we have reassured all players and managers on that basis

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Hudson-Odoi back in Chelsea training despite arrest after testing negative for coronavirus] I think once you know when you can start full contact training, and we’ve had a proper discussion about clubs over how much is required to create the fitness levels before they can start playing, you’re then in a position to confirm when the season start date is. We haven’t changed the start date; we have to be flexible about it. What we don’t want to do is continually to move that start date. So, we haven’t changed it but we need to be flexible and acknowledge we’re in a step-by-step process

2020 05 22 Retrieve

[Premier League boss confident over June restart] There is some momentum. We’ve taken the first step. We wouldn’t have taken the first step to get back to training if we weren’t convinced we had created a very safe environment for our players. It is the first step and we have to be sure when we go to contact training we have completed those processes

We ran a very thorough consultation with club doctors. We have done everything we possibly can to make return to training as safe as possible. We think it is safe to return. We have to respect players’ decisions not to return to training. I would be comfortable to return to training

We’re talking to the authorities about that. I do believe we can appeal to fans not to congregate outside football grounds or go to other people’s houses to watch football matches in contravention of government guidelines

2020 05 28 Retrieve

[Premier League chief executive Richard Masters explained that all plans and dates are still provisional] Sadly, matches will have to take place without fans in stadiums, so we are pleased to have come up with a positive solution for supporters to be able to watch all the remaining 92 matches. The Premier League and our clubs are proud to have incredibly passionate and loyal supporters. It is important to ensure as many people as possible can watch the matches at home. We will continue to work step-by-step and in consultation with all our stakeholders as we move towards resuming the 2019-20 season.

2020 05 29 Retrieve

[Richard Masters says Premier League will not rush decision on Newcastle takeover] I don’t think timing is an issue here. I don’t think that we have any specific views about when these things need to be done by. What we need to ensure is that all the processes are followed properly and when the decision is made, it’s the right one.

[When asked about some of the issues surrounding the bid, including allegations of piracy] I can’t get into it. The takeover of football clubs is […] an entirely confidential process so I can’t say anything about it and can’t say anything to prejudice those discussions.

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[Premier League, EFL and PFA announce new scheme to increase number of BAME coaches] It is vital that there are no barriers to entry to the pipelines for employment in coaching. We need more BAME coaches entering the system to create greater opportunities throughout the professional game. This new programme has been developed through collaboration and consultation with our colleagues across football. We have taken what we have learned from running the Premier League Elite Coach Apprenticeship Scheme and applied that experience to develop this framework. We welcome the support from our Black Participants’ Advisory Group and the PFA Coaching team, their experience and knowledge will undoubtedly provide meaningful mentorship to those involved in the programme. We hope this scheme will create clear pathways and substantially improve future employment prospects for BAME coaches

This is a critical time for black, Asian and minority ethnic coaches. We all know and agree that the diversity of coaches and managers must increase and this placement scheme represents a positive step. There are lots of roles in the academy system, all the way through to first team, and young coaches can slot in at different points to begin that journey. We need to have the right structures and people in place to develop their careers. I know from my own experiences the value of strong support throughout the coaching journey

2020 06 29b Retrieve

[Premier League, PFA and EFL announce BAME coach placement scheme] It is vital that there are no barriers to entry to the pipelines for employment in coaching. We need more BAME coaches entering the system to create greater opportunities throughout the professional game. We hope this scheme will create clear pathways and substantially improve future employment prospects for BAME coaches

2020 06 30 Retrieve

[Liverpool mass celebrations ‘regrettable’] What happened was regrettable but we are not in control of people’s actions. It got out of hand in the same way that we have seen gatherings on beaches and street parties in wider society. Individuals have to take responsibility for their own actions

[Speaking to MPs at a Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee evidence session] We are drawing a clear distinction between a moral cause and a political movement or agenda. Whilst there might be difficulties sometimes dividing the two, our position is clear: politics no, moral causes yes, when agreed. As I said, we’re living in special times at the moment. On this occasion, we have decided to support (the players). That doesn’t mean to say whenever players on an individual or collective basis want to do something, that the Premier League and clubs will be duty-bound or willing to support it

2020 07 03 Retrieve

[Sports to come together to celebrate NHS and key workers] The Premier League will support the NHS and its moment of thanks to recognise the efforts of the health workers, key workers and all those who have shown kindness and care to others during these months

2020 07 07 Retrieve

[Premier League chief executive Richard Masters is a supporter of the idea of black Jurgen Klopp] I’m a big fan of the Premier League. What it’s become is a global brand with players from all over the world. Young kids are able to support amazing teams. That’s where the women’s game can go. When I grew up playing it was not on TV; now it’s a great product. The WSL is attracting players from all over the world. The minute a brand like the Premier League takes over, it will instantly take it to another level. You’re already seeing that happen. If you look at the WSL, you’ve already got a lot of Premier League teams who’ve got teams in there. I think Premier League teams are seeing it’s important to have an elite women’s team. I’m a big supporter of the Premier League. That’s no disrespect to the FA - I think they’ve done an incredible job creating the WSL

2020 07 18 Retrieve

[Premier League chief executive Richard Masters revealed recently the league has held talks about taking control of the WSL by Private equity firm Bridgepoint] We decided collectively - that is the Premier League and the FA together and the WSL and Women’s Championship Board - that now was not the right time, but we will return to that topic at some point in the near future