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Update Premier League back with doubleheader after 100-day shutdown
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Exactly 100 days after the last game, the Premier League is back. In stadiums restricted to around 300 people as the pandemic dangers persist, Manchester City will host Arsenal after Aston Villa plays Sheffield United on Wednesday night. It will usher in an unprecedented summer blitz of games in an attempt to complete the season by July 26, following Germany, Spain and England in resuming soccer.

It is a season that looked like it could be curtailed for the first time since the outbreak of World War II as COVID-19 was claiming around 1,000 lives a day in one of the hardest hit countries in the world for the disease. But the government’s determination to bring back the national sport to lift the mood of the nation ensured social distancing exemptions were granted to allow teams to return to training and now games. There has been a month of twice weekly COVID-19 tests for players and coaches.

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