The Premier League has been told by the government of the United Kingdom that they must show some matches on free-to-air television and also put more money into the Football League and grassroots game as a condition for restarting this season.

“The government is opening the door for competitive football to return safely in June,” culture secretary Oliver Dowden said. “This should include widening access for fans to view live coverage and ensure finances from the game’s resumption supports the wider football family.”

“It is now up to the football authorities to agree and finalise the detail of their plans, and there is combined goodwill to achieve this for their fans, the football community and the nation as a whole. The government and our medical experts will continue to offer guidance and support to the game ahead of any final decision which would put these plans into action.”