By Jake Hamilton
Sporting officials will meet with stadium representatives this week to discuss bringing the English Premier League to Perth.
COVID-19 has forced the sporting world to a standstill, but now the finish line is in sight for the world’s most prestigious football league.
“The Government of Western Australia regularly speaks to a variety of people about future events in Perth, with a VenuesWest representative meeting this week to discuss the proposal to bring the English Premier League to Perth,” WA sport and recreation minister Mick Murray’s office says.
With 92 games left to play in the 2019/20 season, it could result in each team playing their nine remaining games across Optus Stadium, HBF Arena and WACA, officials say.
While making Perth home to the Premier League started as a rumour, the meeting this week could make WA soccer fan’s dreams come true.
The minister’s office said that with the ongoing global crisis, the health of professional athletes would need to be prioritised.
“Any consideration of hosting major events would require compliance with strict protocols that would be determined on the best possible medical advice,” Mr Murray’s spokesman said.
The jury is still out as to whether WA fans will be allowed to attend these matches, a ‘behind closed doors’ approach could be the only way for it to happen, experts say.
Football Federation Australia CEO James Johnson told Big Sports Breakfast: “We want to finish the season as soon as possible, to ensure there’s a connection between when it stopped and when it would restart again.”
Mr Johnson said although nothing has been confirmed yet, the idea of continuing the season in Perth is “very nice.”