The Premier League will stop on November 12 and ‘Boxing Day’ will resume, on December 26, so that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar can be played.
The English competition will allow players to exercise with their teams one week before the start of the tournament, which begins on November 21, and those who play the final will return less than ten days after the Premier resumes again.
The decision was made on Wednesday at a meeting between the 20 Premier League clubs in London, where it was also agreed that the next season will start a week earlier, on August 6, and end later, at the end of May.
There has been no lack of voices that criticized the World Cup in winter, such as that of the owner of Aston Villa, Christian Purslow, who assured him Sky Sports which is a “crazy idea”.
“We will not see any Premier League matches between November and December. I am concerned about the well-being of the footballers, but also our fans, who are going to miss football for five weeks,” Purslow said.